This past fall we welcomed Sharon M. Howell, CSJ to the St. Catherine University community as the director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice, the Archbishop Harry Flynn Endowed Chair in Catholic Identity, and director of the Myser Initiative. In her new role, Sister Sharon will promote the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, engage the campus community in our Catholic identity, and share her passion for working as a student affairs professional and church administrator within St. Kate’s. Through the Myser Initiative, she will continue the great work of integrating the Church's intellectual tradition with Catholic Social Teaching through workshops, retreats, an annual lecture series, and more to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to learn, connect, and reflect on Catholic identity.
As a community, we celebrated the Feast of St. Catherine, honoring our patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars and the University’s namesake. In the spring, we celebrated the return of an annual celebration — the Feast of St. Joseph — in honor of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.