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Kathleen Matz, CDP

Sister Kathleen Matz loves to dance. When she was six years old, she heard her father talking on the telephone as he enrolled her in ballet class; the lessons were a reward for Kathy and her sisters. Their dad had promised to send them to dancing school if they worked hard and completed their chores, and ever since, dance has been important to her in her personal life and in her ministry. It feeds her spirit in a very special way.

Sister Kathy recalls vividly the day she entered religious life from St. Martin parish in Pittsburgh. “It was Sunday, September 8, 1968, at 3:07 p.m. in Allison Park.” Her vocation was greatly influenced, perhaps decided, when she went on a weekend retreat at Marycrest Prep School. She says, “It was my first exposure to an in-depth spiritual experience, and my eyes were opened to the reality and gift of community, prayer, and religious life.”

Her ministry throughout the years has been in catechetics. She taught elementary school, including St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores, Mi. (1971–72), St. Norbert in Overbrook, Pa. (1972–76), St. Margaret in Greentree, Pa. (1976–82), and Queen of Peace in Harper Woods, Mi. (1982–85). She was director of religious education at St. Jude in Detroit, Mi. (1985–94); associate director in the Office of Faith Formation and Catechetics for the Archdiocese of Detroit (1997–12), and since 2012, she has served as associate director in the Office of Evangelization and Catechetics.

Dancing is still Sister Kathy’s favorite pastime, although she enjoys swimming, especially water aerobics, and her favorite type of music is country. She says, “It gets to the heart of the matter.” Aside from country music, with a little Lady Gaga on the side (“It’s great dance music!”), one of her favorite songs, which she sings every morning, is “You Are Mine”: Do not be afraid, I am with you; I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, and I will take you home, I love you and you are mine. Sister Kathy says, “I find strength and comfort in its promise.”