Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald


Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  After high school she became a registered nurse and served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corp during World War II, stationed in England.  She entered our Community after the war.  Her first mission assignment was Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as a nurse and then nurse midwife.  In 1955 Sister Kathleen returned to the United States to serve as our Postulant Mistress; she also subsequently served as Novice Mistress in South Shields, England, and in Lipa City, the Philippines.  In 1967 she began several years of nursing at Holy Family Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, then returned to HFH Rawalpindi, where she was Directress of the School of Nursing.  After returning to the U.S. in the early 1970s, she continued her education, receiving a B.A. in Health Sciences and Community Health Education, an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling.  In 1992 she co-founded the Anna Center, a medical respite care center for homeless women in Washington, D.C.  From 1995 until 2008 Sister Kathleen accompanied hundreds of women in prison at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup.  Her ministry included Myers-Briggs testing to help the women identify their strengths and weaknesses, especially important for their new lives after release.  Sister Kathleen now resides in Philadelphia where she is involved in a variety of support services  for our Community.