Written on: April 4, 2016
Sister Catherine Bleiler (Sister John Catherine) grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, the oldest in a happy, bustling household of six children. Cathy met the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at Cardinal Dougherty High School and entered the congregation in 1966. Her care of younger brothers and sisters prepared her well for her role as an elementary school teacher and later, preschool teacher. She served in teaching ministry at Immaculate Conception School in Lowell, Massachusetts, at Mother of Divine Providence School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, at St. Rose of Lima School and St. Gregory the Great School in Buffalo, New York. She opened the Precious Paws Preschool at St. Gregory’s and served as Director and teacher of the 4 year olds for nine years.
I look forward to this celebration like no other! I could never imagine all of the wonderful educational experiences I have encountered that have shaped me to be the teacher of so many students. I have always said that my students taught me things I would have never otherwise encountered. God puts His design into place now and will continually lead me where I am needed. Divine Providence has and continues to work in my life. I also would not be who I am today if not for the many Grey Nuns I have lived and worked with over these 50 years. They have been blessings to me!