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R.I.P Sr. M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel Rogan

Sister Helena - Thursday, December 03, 2015


Sister M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel, O.Carm. went home to the Lord on the afternoon of December 2, 2015 in the 59th year of her religious life.  Sister Kathleen passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home with the Sisters at her bedside.

Born on December 18, 1918 in County Mayo, Ireland, Catherine Mary Rogan stayed on the family farm well into her 30’s, and following the death of her parents, William and Catherine (Muldoon), she journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.   Having entered the Congregation on February 22, 1956, Sr. Kathleen made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1962.  During the course of her religious life she had several assignments, her lengthiest being Carmel Hall, Detroit, MI (1957-1962), St. Patrick’s Residence, Joliet, IL (1969-1976), Carroll Manor, Hyattsville, MD (1980-1990), Madonna Residence, Brooklyn, NY (1990-1995), St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (1995-2000), Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck, NY (2000-2007) and St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, NY (2007-2015).  It was at St. Patrick’s Home that Sr. Kathleen’s health failed steadily and it became necessary to admit her as a resident in order to provide for her needs.  Trained as a Registered Nurse, Sr. Kathleen held positions in the Nursing Department and Staff Development.  For a brief period she served as Postulant Director, and was appointed Superior in three of her Missions.  In later years, Sr. Kathleen provided pastoral care to the residents and continued to serve with dedication and faithfulness for as long as she was able. Her ready wit, twinkling eyes, and many stories about the farm endeared her to all those she came in contact with.

The Lord who gave Sr. M. Kathleen of the Queen of Carmel the gift of life almost 97 years ago has now taken His Kathleen home again……may her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.


Thursday, December 10, 2015                       2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         

St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home                                         Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

66 Van Cortland Park South

Bronx, NY 10463


Friday, December 11, 2015                            10:00 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Chapel

St. Patrick’s Home                                        

Bronx, NY 10463


Friday, December 11, 2015                            2:00 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery                         

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse                            

Germantown, NY 12526




Sr. Raphael commented on 03-Dec-2015 04:10 PM
I first met Sr. Kathleen when I was a CNA working 11-7 while she was stationed at St. Patrick''s Residence in Joliet - and to my surprise and delight also at Joliet Junior College where she was taking Nursing Courses! Sister was very supportive to me in my discernment in my vocation. God grant her eternal peace!
I am grateful to have shared a part of our Carmelite journey together!
Karen Cook-Occhi commented on 07-Dec-2015 09:15 PM
R.I.P Sr. Kathleen
She is my great-aunt and I will treasure her in my heart. She spent many of her vacation time with us. When we were young, at Christmas time we always received a huge box of gifts and were so excited to see what she sent.
Her beautiful blue eyes always made me smile and just gave me a warm soulful feeling everytime I saw her.
Sr. You will always have a place in my heart. I miss you already
Love, Karen (great-niece)
Lisa Schultz commented on 09-Dec-2015 10:03 AM
I was blessed with the chance to know Sr. Kathleen through my mother's friend Betty Cook. My mom always enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Sister. She was a delight and leaves us all with fond memories. This world has lost a treasure as God has called home a good and faithful servant.
Tom Rogan commented on 13-Dec-2015 04:10 PM
I was asked to say a few words of thanks on behalf of Sr. Kathleen’s family.

What I find interesting is that in her eyes we are all her family. We all came from our own family of birth and that family grows through marriages and children. A portion of that part of Sr. Kathleen’s family is here today.

Sr. Kathleen loved to meet people and get to know them. In every place she lived and worked she met people that she cherished. She built relationships with so many people over the years; all another part of her family.

But the central part of Sr. Kathleen’s family is her fellow nuns of The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirmed. In 1956, 59 years ago Sr. Kathleen joined the order of Carmelite Sisters. They then became part of her family. She often reminded us she was married to God, what better family can someone have!

This then is the family that thanks so many of you!

For the time you spent with her. The help you gave her. For the care you provided her. We all thank the entire team of St Patrick’s Home: all the staff, the nurses, the aids, the doctors, and the administrators; all of you.

For your leadership and guidance. We thank Sr. Bernadette who is Mother Superior.

To all the sisters she met and shared the life of God with. For the life you shared with Sr. Kathleen; for your friendship and fellowship; for your prayers. To all those that have gone before her; those that were here yesterday and today and for those who could not attend as they continue to serve in other locations. We thank the good women of
Carmel Hall, Detroit
of St Patrick’s Residence in IL,
of Carroll Manor, MD,
of Madonna Residence, Brooklyn
of St Teresa’s Motherhouse
of the Ferncliff Nursing Home, in Rhinebeck
and of St Patrick’s Home, here in the Bronx
and of all the other locations the Sisters serve.
You are the women that shared the life of the Order. A life so few of us can truly appreciate yet is such a part of the fabric of our own lives. For 59 years Sr. Kathleen has been a part of your family. Thank you for sharing it with her.

For your wonderful celebrations of Sr. Kathleen’s life. For the dinner last night, for your comfort and hospitality - the travelers among us thank the wonderful hostesses and hosts, the Order and the Staff of St Patrick’s.
Each person here spent time with Sr. Kathleen. Some did not have a lot of time with her or did not share her best years. Others have known her much longer. In just a few short weeks Sr. Kathleen would have celebrated her 97 birthday. She loved life. She relished a good story and a good joke. She wore the habit but sometime let the horns show.

We lived with her. We loved with her. We prayed with her. We laughed with her. Some may have even argued with her.

We will all miss you.

Thank you for making each of us a better person.

Sr. Kathleen we all wish you God’s eternal blessings and happiness.

Thank you.

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