s. kathleen crowley
Sister Kathleen was born in St. Louis, Mo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1961 and was received into the novitiate in 1962 as Sister Patrick Ann. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne University in 1966 and a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University in 1973.
In St. Louis, Sister Kathleen taught at St. Philip Neri (1966-67) and Our Lady of the Presentation (1967-1971). In the 1970s, she was a social worker at Catholic Charities, Holy Rosary Parish, and Northside Community Center at St. Matthew’s Parish. From 1977-1987 she was a staff member of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Human Rights Office.
Her mission went "global" as she served as a policy analyst with Bread for the World in Washington D.C. for four years. For the next five years, Sister Kathleen went to South America to serve in pastoral ministry and social work with the Peruvian Sisters of St. Joseph in Lima and Tacna.
Since 2001 Sister Kathleen has served as a licensed clinical social worker at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, specializing in crisis intervention in cases of child abuse and trauma.
Sister Kathleen has loved music all her life and relishes her opportunities to have sung in church choirs under the direction of the late Leon Roberts in D.C. and currently with Christopher Walker in Los Angeles. She also enjoys being able to speak Spanish, a true gift from the sisters in Peru.