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Sr. Kathleen Clark

Sr. Kathleen Clark Leaves Norton

Sr. Kathleen will be Missed

Friends will miss Sister –July 26, 1990

By Jennifer Rose - Coalfield Progress Staff Writer

Friends of Sister Kathleen Clark find it hard to believe • she is leaving after nearly 40 years of sharing their ups and downs, births, deaths, illnesses and celebrations of life. This woman of God has given loving support in times of trouble, and added joy in times of happiness. Sister Kathleen, of the order of The Poor Servants of -the Mother of God, of St. Mary's Hospital in Norton, will leave for London July 30. She was chosen in the orders of General Chapter of Elections in April to be a delegate for the American Region.

She will be one of four councilors elected to the Superior General's council. "This necessitates my returning to headquarters in London and residing there for six years," said Sister Kathleen, in the musical lilting tones of her native Ireland. Chapter years, when elections are held in the order, are every six years.

"After that, if l have anything to do with it," she said, "I'll be right back here." She has made many friends in Southwest Virginia during her 42 years in the United States.

"I have friends who are non-Catholic as well as Catholic friends here," she said. She is sad to leave them and feels lonely for them already. "I’m hoping to make at least once or two visits back here during that six years, then return to Norton at the end," she said.
When Sister Kathleen first came to Southwest Virginia with six other nuns in 1948, only a year after making her vows, they experienced culture shock. Southwest Virginia was very different from Ireland and England.

One of those differences is the area's sense of humor "the sense of humor is characteristic in every country," she said. Each country has its own type of humor. "It's definitely different here, but if you want to be a part of the community, you learn it. It's so much a part of me now that I don’t notice anymore." She only really sees the difference now when she leaves the area.

The nuns felt like strangers for only a short while, she said, and then they experienced the famed southern hospitality and found that Christianity was alive and thriving in the mountains.

"The values here are really Gospel oriented," Sister Kathleen said. She found that most Southwest Virginians live their faith every day. When hardship comes - flood, fire or other misfortune, they pitch in to help each other bounce back. Their survivors she says.

Note: Sr. Kathleen Clark, as she was known in 1985, was formerly known as Sr. Finian in 1948 – after returning to the states from England, while in residence at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, North Carolina, passed away after a cheerful life and devotion to God.

Sr. Kathleen - Sr. Finian

Note: Sr. Kathleen Clark, as she was known in 1985, was formerly known as Sr. Finian in 1948 – after returning to the states from England, while in residence at Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, North Carolina, passed away after a cheerful life and devotion to God.