RIP Sr. Sister Catherine “Kate” Dooley OP


DolleyPray Tell has received word that Sr. Sister Catherine “Kate” Dooley, OP (Mary Conan), died Dec. 1, 2015. Professed in 1953, Sr. Kate taught in numerous Catholic schools. She served as the religious education consultant with the Archdiocesan Education Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago and taught at Edgewood College, Madison, WI; Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, IL; and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Sr. Kate is best recognized for developing the field of liturgical catechesis which acknowledges the liturgy as a source for catechesis, a pastoral activity that aims to lead communities and individuals to full, active, and conscious faith in the light of instruction and the experience of Christian living. May she rest in peace.


  1. Well done, good and faithful servant. Rest in peace, dearest Kate. Thank you for your tireless efforts to help us unlock the mystery, the beauty, and the powerful grace of the sacramental life of the Church!

  2. I was so privileged to be taught by Kate and to count her as a dear friend. Her sense of humour, pastoral care and excellence as a teacher will be missed but enjoyed amongst the saints! Kate’s greatest gift to me was to see my potential as a scholar when I couldn’t. You’ll never be forgotten dearest Kate

  3. Having only met Kate a few times, I cannot claim to know her personally as others here did. Yet I admired her work from afar through her publications, and when our paths did cross she was unfailingly gracious. With the passing of so many of the “greats” of the generation ahead of us, it seems to me we must even more ardently carry the torch ahead for the movements they championed — such as: liturgical catechesis, mystagogy, and a robust and holistic formation for Christian living. Thank you, Kate, for being a good teacher and witness to many!

  4. I am deeply saddened by this news. I had the honor of meeting her in 2010 and was delighted to share my dissertation work with her. I learned much from her wisdom – I am committed to keeping her legacy alive. Grace and peace, Sr. Kate!

  5. Though I was somewhat familiar with Kate’s writing and awesome spirituality, it was during a Reconciliation seminar with Fr. Bob Kennedy and others many years ago that I first met Kate and literally saw in her the grace and wisdom that marked her life and writing. We are blessed by her legacy, and now by her watching over us from above! Rest in peace and stay present, Kate.

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