Sister Kathleen Angel, formerly Sister Doreen, entered religious life from St. Basil Parish in Carrick, Pa. She credits her ninth-grade CCD teacher, Sister Mary Glenn, a Sister of Divine Providence, with influencing her decision to become a Sister.
Sister Kathleen earned a B.S. in biology from La Roche College, an M.S. in biology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her love of biology is understandable, as she describes herself as “uncomplicated, organized, and curious.” She began her ministry as a teacher, teaching students from elementary school through college. She taught at St. Martin’s in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood (1965–66), St. Mary’s High School in Sharpsburg (1966–71), and then at La Roche College (1971–85; 87–89), where she also served on the board of trustees. She taught at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND (1989–2009), and was novice director for the Congregation in Springfield, Ill. (2010–12).
While at La Roche College, Sister Kathleen collaborated in the development of programs geared to nontraditional age learners: the nurse anesthesia program at the certificate and bachelor’s levels; a degree completion program for RNs; radiography; Servicemen’s Opportunity College (SOC). She was instrumental in the development of many new courses and majors.
In 2010, Sister Kathleen was recognized with the 2010 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Post-Secondary Education by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Her peers who nominated her wrote, “She is years ahead of the curve on scientific knowledge and the applications thereof.” In 2011, she was chosen as the La Roche College Woman of Providence. Presently, Sister Kathleen is the director of seniors at St. Clare’s Villa in Springfield.