November 16, 2016

Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald

 

From the Record Review newspaper: Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald is known to many as the ‘Mayor of Bedford.’ As anyone who has met her knows, she is a larger-than-life personality. … Sister Kathleen’s enthusiasm for teaching is palpable. She loves being around children every day. “You can’t teach unless you love kids,” she said. Walking through the school, she is greeted enthusiastically, with the children calling out to her, “Hi Sister” or using her pet name, “Grand- ma.” The pre-K room is her particular favorite. “They are like putty,” she said, “they want to please.” All 32 kids were resting on their mats when she walked in, but they perked up when Sister Kathleen appeared in the doorway. …

Read the full story from the Record Review newspaper here!

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Celebrating Sister Kathleen in 2015

More than 300 friends and fans — some from as far away as Seattle and Chicago — gathered at events on October 25 to honor Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald, S.C., for her work touching

the spiritual and academic lives of two generations of students at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford.

Sister Kathleen celebrated what has come to be known at the school as “The Triumvirate” — 50 years on the faculty at the school, her 60th anniversary of entering the convent as a Sister of Charity … and her 80th birthday!

“We wanted to thank Sister Kathleen for her many years of dedication to the service of the children of God and to her religious community,” said St. Patrick’s School Principal Sharyn O’Leary. “She has been a constant presence on the campus for half a decade, educating students in the Catholic faith while modeling for them a life given to God and faith. She is always there for families in need, offering prayer, guidance and support.”

The day’s events began with a special noon Mass at the church celebrated by Monsignor Thompson, followed by a reception at the school. During a brief ceremony, Sister received a special letter of gratitude from Pope Francis and was honored by the Town of Bedford, which declared October 25 “Sister Kathleen Day.”

Special guests included members of the first class she taught at St. Patrick’s, as well as her sister, Rita, and the many families and children whose lives she continues to touch by her caring nature.

Sister Kathleen delighted the crowd with stories about moving up to Bedford to teach as a “South Bronx girl” who at first couldn’t sleep — “It was too quiet,” she said to laughter.

“I want to thank you for this day, and for your friendship and loyalty all these years,” she continued. “I couldn’t have made it without you.”

SCHOLARSHIP

In addition, a scholarship to the school has been started in her name. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald, S.C., Scholarship fund should email honoringsrkathleen@gmail.com or call (914) 234-7914.