Obituary: Sister Kathleen Curtin, O.P.

Sister Kathleen Curtin, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic, Amityville, L.I., for 65 years, died Jan. 13. She was 87.

She attended St. Agnes Academic H.S., College Point, and then followed her older sister, Sister Dionyse, O.P., into the Dominican Congregation on Sept. 7, 1947. A year later, they were followed by a younger sister, Sister Timothy Marie, O.P.

OBIT_SrKCurtinOPSister Kathleen received her religious name, Sister Mary Karina, on Aug. 4, 1948 and pronounced her religious vows on Aug. 6, 1949.

She taught at St. Aloysius School, Ridgewood, 1949-50, and then was part of the pioneer band that opened Sacred Heart School, Cambria Heights, in 1950, where she taught until 1962.

She also taught English literature at St. Barbara H.S., Bushwick, 1962-64, and St. Michael H.S., East New York, 1964-67.

From 1967 to 1975, she served as librarian at Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville. Care for her mother necessitated a move to Jamaica and a part-time position at Dominican Commercial H.S. until 1983.

In 1983, she returned to her alma mater, St. Agnes Academic H.S., and served as “Madam Librarian” until 2007 when she retired.

In December, 2012, poor health necessitated a move to Carlin Hall, Amityville.

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