Sr. Cathy received an M.A. (Liturgy) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana before serving as the Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish for 29 1/2 years. She was a member of the faculty at Paul VI Pontifical Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies and the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education and currently serves on the Peace and Justice Commission and Immigration Task Force of the Archdiocese. She also assists with the Office of Sacred Worship.
Why did you choose to be part of the Good Shepherd board?
I was recommended to be on the board by friends who have strong connections with Good Shepherd. I was already aware of the agency and that they were living the mission of faith by witnessing values that I cherish like love – guidance and hope. I feel as if it’s my calling to acknowledge the interconnectedness of human nature and the important role that relationships play in our lives. By participating on this board, I hope I am able to help the women and children in our community through the relationships that form as a result of the guidance and roles Good Shepherd plays in their lives and our community.
What makes Good Shepherd uniquely positioned to help children and families?
As a Catholic Charity organization, Good Shepherd employees are able to care for the women, children, and families they serve with the love and hope they pull from their own faith. They are enabling others to be their best, providing guidance from their own family values, providing caring communities of loving individuals, and giving hope for a future through the maternity shelter, parenting support, foster care & adoption assistance, and by always providing God’s love and grace along each individual path.
What is your favorite quote, passage, or proverb?
My favorite quote comes from Henri Nouwen and acknowledges my faith in a loving God and the trust to move forward and grow no matter what or where life presents to me: Still I know that God is saying to me “Let me take you by the hand and lead you, accept my love and trust that where I will bring you, the deepest desires of your heart will be fulfilled.”
What’s something new you’ve learned this year?
I learned to walk with others on their journey, following Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you Hope and a future.” These journeys have included walking with others through the RCIA process, coming to a faith relationship with God in their lives. I have journeyed with families in the midst of saying goodbye to loved ones through death and continuing on with their lives, and I have journeyed with families struggling to afford Catholic education and enabling them to achieve this dream for their children.
What was your first job?
For the first 10 years, I ministered at St. Aloysius Parish in Spanish Lake, St. Louis. I was a teacher for the first 5 years, and then Pastoral Associate the next 5. After St. Aloysius, I moved to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.
Good Shepherd Board Member Sister Cathy Doherty