Sister Mary Catherine was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 as Sister John Lucile. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Fontbonne College in 1954 and a master’s in religious education from Catholic University of America in 1972.
Sister Mary Catherine began her ministry in elementary education in 1960, teaching at St. Patrick Grade School in University City, Missouri (1960-61), and Immacolata Grade School in St. Louis (1961-64). Moving to secondary education, she taught at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri (1964-66 and 1968-71), and at St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin (1966-68). Sister Mary Catherine was a renewal team member at Mt. Carmel Convent from 1971 to 1972.
Sister Mary Catherine served her CSJ community for the next 12 years. She began as the assistant provincial superior in 1972 and then became the provincial superior in 1977 for the St. Louis province. After a brief sabbatical, she served as the assistant director at the Exodus program in Dittmer, Missouri, from 1985 to 1989. The following year, she served as the director of communications at Mary, Queen and Mother Center, which is a part of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Then, from 1991 to 1993, Sister Mary Catherine served as a pastoral minister at St. Michael’s Therapeutic Center.
In 1992, coming to the service of her CSJ community again, Sister Mary Catherine served as the transition/ministry coordinator at the St. Joseph Provincial House until 2005. During this time, she also cared for family from 2004 to 2008. In 2006, Sister Mary Catherine transitioned into volunteer service, which she continues today.