Sister Katherine Gilfeather, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Kathy was a member of a research team dedicated to cultural and religious investigation in Chile.
Sister Kathy came to Maryknoll from Brooklyn, NY in 1949 and has a B.E. from Maryknoll Teachers College. She has Master of Arts degrees in English Literature, Sociology, and Theological Studies from Catholic University, Columbia University and Maryknoll School of Theology, respectively.
Assigned to Chile in 1955 she spent her first ten years after language study teaching in rural schools. Since 1967 she has worked in Santiago in the Bellarmine Center for Research and Social Action (CISOC). The Center is directed by the Chilean Jesuit province and the team that Sister Kathy works with are lay Chilean professionals.
One of the aspects of Sister Kathy’s work was involvement in the preparation and publication of the Center’s Boletin Pastoral. This bulletin has as its central purpose the creation of a public forum where clergy, bishops, religious and laity can express their positions on pastoral themes, thus creating a dialogue including all. Their sociological investigations have brought many pastoral problems to light and the bulletin has become an important means of communicating these situations.
Sister Kathy has authored numerous articles for publications including the changing role of women’s ministry in the Chursh. Soon after she finished a study on Religious women in marginal apostolates, she was requested by the Maryknoll Sisters leadership to do an opinion survey of all Sisters in preparation for their 1978 General Assembly.
Sister Kathy returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2010, where she remains an active volunteer.