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Sr. Catherine Shanahan CSJ

May 19, 1927 - December 24, 2022
Nazareth, MI


Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
10:00 AM EST
Live Stream
Holy Family Chapel
2929 Nazareth Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Sister Catherine will be welcomed home on Friday at 9:30 am. This event will also be available via livestream.

Meeting ID: 817 0584 3098
Passcode: 491953


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Sisters of St. Joseph
2929 Nazareth Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
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Life Story / Obituary


Catherine Shanahan was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 19, 1927, the daughter of James and Marion (Kennedy) Shanahan. Catherine was a member of St. Philip Neri Parish at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on July 2, 1945. She received the name Sister Mary Brian at her reception on January 3, 1946 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1948 and final vows on January 3, 1951.

Sister “Katie” (as she was fondly known) earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College with a major in mathematics. For over 20 years she taught in many schools of the Congregation including St. Francis Home and St. Bernard, Detroit; St. Rose, Hastings; St. Augustine, Kalamazoo; St. James, Ferndale; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lansing; and Barbour Hall Military Academy at Nazareth. She then spent ten years at St. John’s in Jackson, Michigan in ministry to the elderly of the parish. In 1984 Sister Katie returned to Nazareth and became involved in many different activities. She assisted in the business office, at the switchboard, and as a pastoral minister. Because of failing health Sister Katie finally had to give up some of her duties, but her cheerful manner, loving support and prayers were the daily gifts that she gave to each of us.

Sister Katie was proud of her Irish heritage. Her warm personality and her witty humor always brought a smile to those who knew her. She had close ties with her family and she was most appreciative of their loving support throughout her life. She was proud to be a Sister of St. Joseph and she lived out her commitment in an exemplary manner. Sister Katie’s favorite prayer was from the Christian Breviary, “Eternal Father, you give us life despite our guilt and even add days and years to our lives in order to bring us wisdom…” May Sister Katie now be welcomed into the presence of God and enjoy eternal rest and peace.

May She Rest in Peace. Amen.