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Reception honors DRE’s decades of service in Colbert
by Chris Fischer, for the Inland Register
(From the May 17, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
Sister Kathleen Reynolds CCVI (IR photo courtesy of Chris Fisher)
Sister Kathleen Reynolds, a member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, is leaving St. Joseph Parish in Colbert after 21 years of service as director of religious education at the parish.
A farewell reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, at noon.
Kathleen Reynolds felt God’s call to be a Sister in her early teens, but after finishing secondary school in Granard, County Longford, Ireland, she decided to test her calling outside the environment of the Sisters. She accepted a civil service position in Dublin and moved away from home.
After much discernment, she decided to join the Incarnate Word Sisters in San Antonio, Texas, who had come to her school a few years before and shared their ministry.
Sister Kathleen taught in the Catholic school system for 19 years in Texas (where she put her amazing math skills to work), and served in youth ministry in San Angelo and Amarillo. She has completed two master degrees; the first in Pastoral Studies, from Incarnate Word University, and the second in Spirituality, from Gonzaga University.
She initially came to Spokane in 1987 on sabbatical. She returned three years later to attend Gonzaga University. Her sister, Bridget, a Presentation Sister doing missionary work in Pakistan, also came to Spokane on sabbatical and decided to continue her schooling at GU. Sister Kathleen received permission from her community to stay in Spokane so that she could have another year near Bridget.
That “one year in Spokane” became more than 21 years spent at St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, as the Director of Religious Education. During that time Sister Kathleen has worked with many different pastors, including Father Jim Mangan (who initially hired her), and Fathers Terry Grant, Mike Kwiatkowski, and Edgar Bor-chardt; Msgr. John Steiner; and St. Joseph’s current pastor, Father Tim Hayes.
Usually the first to notice a new parishioner, she has been the parish’s warm, graceful face of welcome. She has helped parishioners recognize their strengths and provided them with opportunities to serve the community. She has been a force of faith, love and service to the community.
“My God is an awesome God and I am totally in love with him,” she said recently. “My cup is overflowing with joy as I remember all the ways the people of St. Joseph have touched my life with their love and compassion and, thus, enabled me to grow.”
(A farewell reception for Sister Kathleen is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, beginning at noon at St. Joseph Parish, 3720 E. Colbert Rd., Colbert.)