Written on: April 4, 2016
The streets of New York, particularly Jackson Heights, were home to Sister Kathleen Early (Sister Mary Rose). When she entered the Grey Nuns in 1946, she joined many of her friends from the neighborhood near Blessed Sacrament Parish who preceded her. Although she was an only child, her parents supported this decision in her young life. After a full life as an educator, many of which were spent at St. Norbert’s School in Paoli, Pennsylvania, she turned her hand to computer technology, taught elementary school computer classes and assisted many sisters at the Motherhouse with her computer skills. She is currently a resident of St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, where she shares meals with the other residents and despite her diminished sight, enjoys her favorite television programs.
My life has been beautiful in many ways. After high school, I worked for four years before entering the Grey Nuns, a decision I have never regretted. I am thankful for God’s continuing presence in my life and for the graces of these 70 years as a religious. My life has been blessed by many friends, by my Grey Nun sisters and by my cousins who made me a part of their family and whose company I still enjoy.