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Daughters elect American sister as superioress general

June 5, 2015
Tom Burke

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul elected Sister Kathleen Appler of the community’s province based in Albany, New York, their Superioress General May 25 at the sisters’ General Assembly in Paris, France. Sister Kathleen entered the Daughters of Charity in April 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Sister Kathleen has visited our province twice, once in 2011 and again in 2013, and has a good understanding of the joys and challenges of our ministry,” said Sister Chris Maggi, education councillor for the Daughters of Charity Province of the West.

“So happy to have an American,” said Sister Frances Meyer, who celebrates her 62nd year as a Daughter of Charity in September. “This is the first time a major superior has been elected from the United States.” Sister Frances has served at San Francisco’s Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory for 28 years. “I came when we merged,” Sister Frances said recalling the joining of the all boys Sacred Heart High School, long under the leadership of the Christian Brothers and the all girls Cathedral High School, long under the leadership of the Daughters of Charity, in 1987.

Local delegates to the general assembly in France were Sister Marjory Ann Baez, superior of the Province of the West of the Daughters of Charity, and Sister Julie Kubasak. The meeting brings Daughters of Charity from around the world together every six years to address major works of the community including election of leadership.

In addition to Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, ministries of the Daughters of Charity in the Archdiocese of San Francisco include Seton Medical Center, Daly City; Our Lady of the Visitacion School, and DeMarillac Academy, San Francisco, and San Francisco’s Mount St. Joseph St. Elizabeth’s, now known as Epiphany Center, for at risk women and their children.

Around the world, there are 16,179 Daughters of Charity living and serving in 94 countries. Sister Kathleen will lead the community of these sisters which is divided into 60 provinces and one region.

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