Sister Marianne Keena was born in St. Louis, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Agnes Patrick in 1959. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Fontbonne College in 1963, and master’s degrees in speech pathology from Marquette University in 1971 and in theology from Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley in 1986. She also received a certificate in spiritual direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in 2002.
Sister Marianne taught at Saints John & James Grade School from 1963-1968. She taught the next three years at St. Elizabeth Grade School in Kansas City, Missouri. Moving to Colorado in 1969, she served for 15 years at St. Mary Parish in Littleton, first as a first grade teacher and assistant principal and, then, as religious education director. During this time, Sister Marianne also served as a religious education consultant for the Wm. H. Sadlier Book Company and co-authored the religious education workbook series for the “God with Us” program, a time of sharing creative ways of teaching in parishes and dioceses around the United States.
After receiving her master’s from Franciscan School of Theology in 1986, she returned to Colorado. At Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Boulder, she served as the adult religious educator from 1986 to 1988. She then served the following year as a pastoral associate at St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Denver. From 1989 to 1991, Sister Marianne served as the adult faith development coordinator at Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, Missouri.
In 1991, Sister Marianne became the congregational novice director, along with serving part time at St. Vincent De Paul as a catechetical consultant. From 1992 to 1993, she was the novice director for the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the next three years, she served as pastoral associate at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Denver. In 1996, Sister Marianne began a seven-year ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver in the Senior Housing department. She served as a pastoral minister for one year and then as the coordinator of the Archdiocesan housing mission for six years.
Sister Marianne returned to St. Louis in 2005 and again served her CSJ community, this time as the vocation director for the St. Louis province. In 2010, she transitioned her ministry to spiritual guidance and founded GPS (Guide of Prayer and Spirit) at St. Joseph’s Academy and Fontbonne University.
Since 2013, Sister Marianne has ministered as a spiritual companion as well as leading retreats and days of prayer.