Renewed in Faith
written by Monica Hildebrand
The School Sisters of St. Francis in Panhandle, Texas have much to celebrate with the recent 25th
Jubilee, Renewal of Vows and Final vows of three Sisters.
On June 5th
, His Excellency Patrick J. Zurek, Bishop of Amarillo joined the community of the School Sisters of St. Francis to celebrate the propitious occasion.
Sr. Mary Katherine Dorsey, OSF
celebrated the 25th
Jubilee of her vows. In 1986, she entered Sancta Maria Convent as a candidate. Before discerning to enter the convent, she was a Catholic school teacher in West Virginia.
“From the age of six, I knew I wanted to be a Sister. It was my only goal,” she said. “The minute I walked into Sancta Maria Convent, I knew I was home. And since then, it has been continually confirmed. We are a family. We are one.”
Over the last 30 years, Sr. Katherine has continued her love of teaching in various missions where the School Sisters teach in Texas Catholic schools including San Antonio, Port Lavaca, Amarillo, Borger and Dalhart. Currently she teaches kindergarten to third grade students at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Dalhart.
In addition to celebrating her 25th
jubilee and 30-year anniversary as a teacher, Sr. Katherine had the opportunity to be present at the Canonization Mass at the Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, N.Y. (St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be declared a Saint and from whom Sr. Katherine took her professed name.) Traveling to the east coast together with Sr. Mary Pia, OSF, they also visited the Shrine of St. Padre Pio. Sr. Katherine noted, “It was a marvelous experience!”
Sr. Katherine is currently Vicaress of the School Sisters of St. Francis, one of several leadership roles she has held in the community since 2004. She is a fan of G.K. Chesterton and enjoys cross-stitching.