Sister Catherine Cleary OSB

Sr. Catherine (Kevin) was just 7 years old when she told her mother she was going to be a nun and teach Kindergarten. Turns out she was right on only one count. She never did teach Kindergarten. As a young woman, though, she thought, I don’t want to leave my family. And those ugly shoes!

But the quiet voice of God would not be silenced. Catherine finally began to discern where to enter.

“We visited an apostolic community – I didn’t know what that meant at the time – but I didn’t like it at all. It was much too big. I had experience with many orders that had taught me from grade school on, but wasn’t attracted to them either. Finally my parish priest suggested I try a smaller family-oriented community because of my own family values. I visited the Benedictines and entered two months later.”

60 years later, Sr. Catherine remembers feeling comfortable with the Benedictines immediately.

“It’s a very good life. I never had a regret. For me, the call had been lurking around my heart for years. I had to acknowledge and trust it. It is the pearl of great price. I sold everything to attain it, but it is the real treasure so I lost nothing. Come see for yourself."