Sister Kathleen Marie Cash

Hometown: Eddyville, Kentucky

Entrance Date: August 15, 2004

First Profession Date: April 28, 2007

Perpetual Profession Date: October 1, 2011

Educational Background:
• Bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brescia University, Owensboro, Kentucky
• Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership from University of Louisville
• Doctorate from U of L in Curriculum and Instruction

Work Background:
• Math tutor
• Lifeguard
• Math Remediation – Forest Park High School
• Mathematics Teacher – St. Francis DeSales High School
• Math teacher – Trinity High School
• Research assistant on JAVITS grants – STEM Starters+ (UALR), and Project SPARK (UCONN)
• Dean of Faculty Development – Trinity High School
• Instructor in College of Education – University of Louisville

Present Ministry: Dean of Faculty Development, Trinity High School; Research; Coordinator of Mission Appeals; Liaison with Peru

Other Interests: Mathematical puzzles and games, listening to and making music, swimming, bike riding, learning Spanish, and playing volleyball or soccer.

What attracted me to this community: Before coming to Ferdinand, I visited an apostolic order. During that visit, I decided that religious life seemed to suit me, but the apostolic lifestyle just wasn’t for me. Upon visiting the Ferdinand Benedictines, I was better able to articulate what I was looking for and what was missing for me in the apostolic life. I think that my main attractions to Benedictine monasticism are the emphasis on community life and the balance of the lifestyle (ora et labora—work and prayer). I found the sisters in this community to be very loving, prayerful, and generous women, and I honestly felt like this would be a good place for me to grow closer to God.

Testimonial Quote: I made a pretty radical decision to give up a lot of things and follow my call. But there's nothing 'holy' about me. You don’t have to be perfect to be a sister.

Position: Research assistant, working on doctoral dissertation