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Kathleen "Kate" McDonald, CSJ

June 7, 1929 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Kathleen "Kate" McDonald, CSJ Obituary

Kathleen “Kate” McDonald, CSJ

This gentle yet strong and insightful promoter of goodness and peace, who brought so much joy and happiness wherever she went, was born in Watertown, MN, on June 7, 1929, to Kenneth and Margaret (Burns) McDonald, and died peacefully at Carondelet Village in St. Paul, on January 23, 2024. Kate entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1951 and was first missioned to serve at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis where she worked for 17 years in Admitting. She then went on to serve 5 years at the Minneapolis Catholic Welfare Association, later called “The Branch,” serving the poorest ones in the community by providing food and clothing, resources for services, and a listening, caring heart. From there Kate spent more than 30 years teaching as an aide to children at St. Luke in St. Paul and St. Stephen in Minneapolis, as well as teaching English as a second language to adults at the “Vineyard” in St. Paul, and “Learning in Style” in Minneapolis. Through it all, Kate was ardently, deeply, and faithfully committed to peace and non-violence. She brought this ideal to her teaching and parents praised her for helping students reconcile differences, and work for a world without war. Along with many CSJ sisters including her three familial sisters Rita, Brigid and Jane, Kate was a constant presence at peace protests that sometimes led to her arrest. Of these times Kate had this to say (with tender wrists from tight handcuffs), “Sometimes the suffering cuts deep. There is no end to what we must speak out against. This work is not comfortable. You have to pay a price for justice and go to jail if necessary.” Kate’s love of people, of justice, of making music, and her generous spirit will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Kate is preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Margaret Mary Borer, Dorothy Vidlund, and Rita McDonald, CSJ; her brothers Ewan, Patrick, Edward, Kenneth and Phillip McDonald. She is survived by sisters Brigid McDonald, CSJ, and Jane McDonald, CSJ; many cousins, nieces and nephews; grand and great grandnieces and nephews; dear friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates. Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, February 12th, at 11:00 AM, in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Memorials preferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation.

Dear Kate, rest in love and peace.

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