Sister Lorraine Zappala (former Sister Mary Kevin) recalls that becoming a Sister was always in her thoughts, but she went back and forth with the idea, never really knowing if it was the right time. After visiting with the Sisters at Providence Heights, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she found peace within and decided the time was finally right. She was 25 years old. She entered the Community in 1955.
Sister Lorraine was always an educator. She taught at Sacred Heart in Plymouth, Mass. (1958–62), St. Bridget in Abington, Mass. (1962–63), Sacred Heart Elementary in Kingston, Mass. (1963–67), St. Cecilia in Stamford, Ct. (1967–74), and St. Francis Xavier in South Weymouth, Mass. (as principal, from 1974–86). In 1986, she returned to Sacred Heart Elementary in Kingston. At present, Sister is a volunteer tutor at the school. She teaches reading and religion to grades five and six.
She says of her life as a religious, “My whole life has been most satisfying and rewarding. I have been able to experience many graces: college education, teaching, travel. As I look back, God and the Community have been very good to me, and as I go along, I am very thankful to all.”