Sister Catherine DeVito, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-U.S.-Florida
Sister Catherine DeVito, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, made her Final Vows as a Maryknoll Sister on August 25, 2007. Sister Cathy was a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, Ohio, for thirty years. She worked as a teacher, then as a member of a diocesan mission team in El Salvador and later as a pastoral worker in Mexico for six years.
Returning from Nueva Rosita, Mexico, in 2000, Sister Cathy said, “An experience like that changes a person,” explaining her desire to return as a missioner in Latin America.
To continue her dream but also be able to share with other missioners, Sister Cathy joined the Maryknoll Sisters as an associate Sister in August 2000 and was assigned to Bolivia to minister to prison inmates, women and youth.
In 2004, she started her official transfer process to Maryknoll and a new mission experience in Panama. Sister Cathy worked in a hospice for HIV/AIDS patients who needed moral and spiritual support.
A few months after making her Final Vows as a Maryknoll Sister, she was asked to share her expertise and join the staff at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she helps coordinate the cultural orientation of students who come to the center to study Spanish, Quechua or Aymara.
Sister Cathy arranged for speakers and planned activities so students can get a taste of the cultural, social, and political reality of Bolivia and Latin America. The part Sister Cathy liked best was accompanying the students and learning from the many interesting people who passed through the center.
In 2006, Sister Catherine was assigned to Panama until 2008 she returned to Bolivia.
Today, Sister Catherine does health work in Florida, where she was assigned in 2016 when she returned to the U.S.