Written on: May 11, 2020
Sister Kathryn (Kay) notes that she is one of the few who entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart from St. Mark’s Parish in Buffalo, NY. She attended Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo, where she met the Grey Nuns and Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
After a few years as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Lowell and the New York area, Sister Kay received her BSN from D’Youville College in Buffalo. A National Health Grant afforded her the opportunity to study for her master’s degree at Duke University and then to become a faculty member at SUNY Canton where she made many good friends.
For ten years, she served as the Director of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley in Potsdam, NY. As Chaplain at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY, she brought compassionate care and counseling to men, women and children. Of these years, she notes that her duties were many and varied but most important of them was presence to the patients and their families.
She is now a resident of Holy Redeemer Lafayette where she enjoys many of the programs offered there, especially those with an emphasis on history. Her retirement years bring her many opportunities for reading and for spending time with friends.
These 70 years have been an incredibly beautiful journey for me. This journey has taken me to a variety of ministries. What a privilege it has been to make a difference in many lives through education, nursing, administration and hospice work. Years as a chaplain taught me the true value of my vocation. The blessings of my journey continue with each new day. I have deep gratitude for all my years as a Grey Nun. God has blessed me with great friends and abundant blessings.