Current Ministry Location – US Eastern Region
Kathleen (Kathy) Magee was born January 8, 1945 in Boston, MA to Margaret A. (Odiorne) and Robert L. Magee. She had 1 brother, Robert, Jr. Kathy graduated from Needham Senior High School, Needham, MA in 1962.
Kathy entered the Maryknoll Sisters at their Center in NY on September 2, 1963. She pronounced First Vows June 24, 1966 at the Center and Final Vows September 6, 1975 in Tanzania. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1969 from Rogers College at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.
First mission assignment:
1965-1970 – Student and Language & Culture
1970-1981 – Secondary Teacher, Africa, Mwanza, Korogwe, Soni, Tanzania
Soon after graduating from Rogers College in 1969, Sister Kathy received her first mission assignment to Tanzania where she taught at a time when Tanzania was only recently moving into a period of independent nation status. From 1970-1981, she taught high school mathematics, science, English and religion at three different residential schools: two for girls in Mwanza and Korogwe, and a junior seminary for boys in Soni. She also participated in a Contemplative Community living experience with a native Tanzanian congregation in Moshi.
Sister Kathy served on a planning task force for the Maryknoll Sisters 1984 General Assembly and was co-chairperson of the Constitutions committee which prepared the final draft of the reformulated Congregational Constitutions and Complementary Document.
From 1989-1991, she worked as a nurse assistant-rehabilitation specialist at the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care facility at the Center, and later assumed a similar role in family ministry when she cared for her aging mother for three years at her home in Dover, MA until her mother’s death in 1999. During that time, Sister Kathy earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from St. Josephs College, West Hartford, CT in 1996.
With her post-graduate requirements for licensure completed, Sister Kathy became a member of the Eastern US Region in January 2002 and served as the coordinator of the New England Area.
After August 2007, Sister Kathy was an adjunct professor in the graduate department of Counseling and Family Therapy at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, the same institution where she had earned her Master’s degree in the same field in1996.
In addition to teaching core theory courses, Sister Kathy conducted group supervision seminars for student interns. She reflected on their clinical sessions and mentored them in both their professional and personal development.
Her ministry offered her an opportunity to share the knowledge, life experience and insights gleaned from her years in trans-cultural mission with new therapists in training. She is a licensed psychotherapist, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family therapy, and an approved clinical supervisor.
Sister Kathy’s graduate students have been blessed to have a professor with years of rich experience as a clinician at the Children’s Home, a residential treatment facility for abused, neglected and delinquent youth in Cromwell, CT. There she served as a clinical coordinator for the senior boys unit from 2000-2007, and provided individual, group, couples and family therapy. Her clients and their family members came from twenty different ethnic backgrounds and from diverse socioeconomic experiences and religious affiliations.
Since August 2007, Sister Kathleen (Kathy) Magee has been an adjunct professor in the graduate department of counseling and family therapy at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, the same institution where she earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 1996.
In addition to teaching core theory courses, Sister Kathy conducts group supervision seminars for student interns. She reflects on case assessments and videotapes of their clinical sessions and mentors them in both their professional and personal development. Inspired by a favorite quote from E.B. Castle, “Do not look at me, look where I am looking,” Sister Kathy says.
“My ministry offered me an opportunity to share the knowledge, life experiences and insights I gleaned from my years in Trans-cultural mission with new therapists in training, assisting them in adopting a relational, systemic and co-constructionist perspective,” said Sister Kathy. She’s a licensed psychotherapist, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family therapy, and an approved clinical supervisor.