Sister Kathryn “Kate” Ann Kitslaar was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948 and was received into the novitiate in 1949 as Sister Dymphna Marie. She received a bachelor’s degree in history/English from Fontbonne College in 1960 and a master’s in education, secondary counseling/guidance, from the University of Notre Dame in 1966.
Sister Kate served in education nearly 30 years. She began teaching at Nativity of Our Lord in St. Louis (1951-1953); St. Joseph Industrial School in Keshena, Wisconsin (1953-1957); St. Michael in Marquette, Michigan (1957-1958); St. Rita in St. Louis (1958-1960); St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay (1960-1963); Little Flower High School in Chicago (1963-1966); and Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette (1966-1968). She served as a counselor at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florissant, Missouri (1968-1970), and at St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay (1970-1980).
From 1980 to 1985, Sister Kate served in geriatric care at McCormick Home of the Aged in Green Bay for four years and the following year at Frontenac Community in St. Louis where she was the coordinator of the retirement community.
For the next 18 years, Sister Kate served her CSJ community. At the St. Joseph Provincial House, she was the director of personnel (1985-1988), administrator (1987-1988), regional superior (1988-1990), provincial councilor (1988-1992), co-administrator (1988-1992) and dining room manager (1999-2000). At Nazareth Living Center, she was the medical appointment coordinator and worked in housekeeping (1992-1993), activities director (1993-1999), and community service (2000-2003).
Sister Kate retired in 2003. She resides at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis continuing her ministry of prayer and presence.