SOTTAK Catherine

Sister’s name: Sister Catherine Thérèse
Year of profession: 1949
Age: 93 years old
Date and place of death: February 7, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Life Center, Windham, CT
Date and place of funeral: Monday, February 13, 2023 at St. Joseph Church, Willimantic, CT

From 1949 to 1976, Sr. Catherine taught in the following schools:  All Hallows, Moosup, CT; St. Mary’s, Putnam, CT; St. Joseph, Burlington, VT;  St. Anthony, Bridgeport, CT;  including serving as principal of St. Martin de Porres School in Gadsden, AL for 15 years.

After receiving her LPN certificate in 1978 she worked in migrant ministry in Princess Ann, MD.  Later, she continued nursing at St. Joseph Villa and the Provincial House, both in Putnam, CT.  Sr. Catherine had long felt a call to become a missionary and in 1983 she became a missionary-nurse in a pre-natal clinic in Ile Ife, Nigeria. When Sr. Catherine returned to the United States she continued nursing at the Provincial House in Putnam, CT. In1986 Sr. Catherine returned to St. Martin de Porres in Gadsden, AL as pastoral assistant where she was involved in ministry to the poor.  In 1988 she went to Jeremie, Haiti as a missionary for a brief time.  From 1990 to 2005 Sr. Catherine worked with the Visiting Nurses’ Association in Waterbury, CT. She then returned to the Provincial House where she served as sacristan. Sr. Catherine became part of St. Joseph Community at St. Joseph Living Center in 2016.

May God welcome her in his light!