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Jubilee 2016 - Congratulations to Sister Kathleen Melia on
60 years of being a Franciscan Sister of Chicago!

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, Sister Kathleen entered on September 2, 1956. She began her ministry teaching fourth grade at St. Stanislaus Bishop Martyr in 1956 and continued teaching various subjects at St. Louise de Marillac in La Grange Park, IL and also at Madonna High School in Chicago.

Sister Kathleen then went on to Loyola University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin in 1965 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1977. This lead her to pursue Social Work as a ministry. She served as a social worker at St. Joseph Home in Chicago and at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont. At the same time, she served as a social work consultant at several Catholic nursing homes within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Sister Kathleen was also the administrator of St. Anthony Home in Crown Point, Indiana, for three years. She also worked at Lakeview Nursing Home and Harmony Nursing Home in Chicago.

Over the years, Sister Kathleen wrote several professional articles which were published in magazines such as "Sisters Today" and "Hospital Progress." She also has had over 80 letters to the editor published in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times over the past decade.

Sister Kathleen also enjoys composing music. She helped start the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago guitar group in 1971. They put out two albums where Sister Kathleen wrote and recorded 12 songs on their first album, "Daybreak" and another six original songs on their second album, "A New Kind of Freedom."

Sister Kathleen is now resides at Glen St. Andrew Living Community in Niles, Illinois, and does volunteer work with residents and staff on a daily basis.

We offer God's Blessing to Sister Kathleen Melia and wish her congratulations on 60 years of religious life!