June 25, 1930-March 5, 2016
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the
hollow of God’s hand.
Sister Kathleen McDonough, (Sister Eileen Catharine), entered into eternal life in the early evening of March 5, 2016. She was 85 years old and had celebrated her 64th year of her religious profession.
Kathleen Delia McDonough, SNJM, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 25, 1930, to Irish Catholic parents Eileen Catherine Ryan, a schoolteacher, and Walter Thomas ("WT") McDonough, a firefighter. She attended Prospect Cleveland Public, Christ the King Elementary, and Notre Dame Academy. Moving to California in 1945, Kathleen completed secondary education at Saint Monica High School in Santa Monica, where she met the Sisters of the Holy Names. After one year at Santa Monica City College, she entered Holy Names Convent in Oakland. At her reception into the Novitiate, Kathleen chose her Mother's name as her religious name: Sister Eileen Catharine. She earned her BA from Holy Names University, an MA in Education Administration from San Francisco State University, and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.
With a CA Elementary Teaching Credential, Kathleen taught at Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland; St. Cecilia, San Francisco; All Souls, Alhambra; St. Mary, Boyle Heights. She served as Principal at St. Elizabeth, Altadena; St. Cecilia, San Francisco and St. Anastasia, Los Angeles. In 1973 Kathleen transitioned to parish ministry, serving at Saint Monica, Santa Monica; St. Elizabeth, Altadena; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Montebello; and St. Bede, La Cañada. In retirement, Kathleen volunteered at San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and was a member of Southern California Partners for Global Justice, who educate and advocate for the abolition of human-trafficking. Retiring from active ministry in 2011, she moved to the SNJM retirement community in Los Gatos. Kathleen died peacefully on March 5, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga, CA.
Pre-deceased by her beloved parents, brothers Walter, James, Richard, and nephews Timothy, Stephen and Ryan. Kathleen is survived by her sister-in-law Sharon McDonough, nieces Susan Bierlich, Kathleen McDonough, Peggy Honoré and Mary Claire McDonough, and by her nephews Joseph and James McDonough, many friends, former students, colleagues and her Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names.
We remember Sister Kathleen’s love of her Irish heritage, her fidelity to friendships, her commitment to peace and justice work both within the community and in parishes, her service as a spiritual director and her love of travel.
Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.