A 2012 Jubilarian: Nurturing Community for 75 Years
Catherine Cahill entered the Congregation in September 1936 after graduating from St. Joseph’s College School. After first vows, she completed her teacher training then taught in a variety of elementary schools, mainly in Ontario. Both as a classroom teacher and later as a principal, she was happy in education. When asked about the different schools where she served, her answer was frequently the same. "I loved teaching there. It was a wonderful experience." In 1965 she moved into high school administration as principal. From then until her retirement as a formal educator in 1982, she served with dedication and resilience, adapting to the many changes that came her way both in education and in community.
All her life, her common sense and sense of humour served her well. She served as Congregational Leader for two terms during the 1980s. Later, while living at St. Joseph’s College Residence, she brought her warm personality and welcoming disposition towards others to this ministry. "In living with the students, I can be of service in many ways - mostly listening to them, affirming them and being a support while they struggle with their studies." In recent years, she continued to show her care for others even as her own health declined. During these latter years, Sr. Imelda has shown us how to age graciously. And that is no small witness of how to manifest God’s love on a daily basis through all stages of life.