Sister Kathleen Crowley (Aileen Seton)

Sister Kathleen Crowley, SC of Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, on January 15, 2018. A Sister of Charity for 52 years who was missioned Halifax, Nova Scotia; Renton, Washington; Cranbrook, Kelowna, Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia and Edmonton, Canada. Locally: Salem and Lynn, MA. Beloved daughter of the late James and Catherine (Brady) Crowley. Sister of James and Linda Crowley, Kevin and Aileen Kelly, Lucille and Gordon Siteman, Robert and Louise Crowley, John and Patricia Crowley and Mary and Tony Verlicco. Also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as all her sisters in community. Visiting hours at Mt. St. Vincent, 125 Oakland St. Wellesley Hills on Thursday January 18, 2018 from 9:30 – 10:15 am with a prayer service at 10:15 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:45 am. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sisters of Charity, Mt. St. Vincent Community, 125 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.







  1. donna w January 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Like all who knew you, I’m grateful for the valiant, self-less life you shared with us, Kathleen.

  2. Mildred Schubert January 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Kathleen was the kindest, life-loving person I know. I remember this past October Kathleen was searching for something to wear on Halloween. She told me she got rid of all her Halloween things as she didn’t think she’d “still be around” but she was ready to celebrate again. That was Kathleen. She showed us how to live and laugh and now showed us how to die. God bless you my dear friend. Pray for us!

  3. Trisha Connor January 21, 2018 at 3:45 am - Reply

    It is wonderful to read the stories folks have to share! I can see her smile, hear her laugh, and feel her presence when I read your words! Thank you!!

    Some of my favorite memories of my Aunt Kathy include her sharing the goofy things my father did growing up. When she told a story, it was so vivid that she transported you to that time and place.

  4. Alyssa Adreani January 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Dear Friends,

    I’m writing to express my condolences on the passing of Sr. Kathleen Crowley. I was very fortunate to work with her for a year when she served as the Catholic Chaplain at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

    I came to know – and hire – Sr. Kathleen around 2013, when I became the Manager of the Department of Spiritual Care at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and was charged with hiring a Catholic Chaplain. Deacon Jim Greer (Archdiocese of Boston) and I reviewed resumes and interviewed several candidates over the course of many months. There were several wonderful applicants, but none were quite the right fit. I wondered if we’d ever find the right person! Just by chance, a colleague at Newton-Wellesley told me that a dear friend of hers was looking for hospital chaplaincy work. That dear friend was Sr. Kathleen. We spoke by phone and I knew immediately – even before meeting Sr. Kathleen in person or seeing her qualifications on paper – she was the right person. Her warmth and gentle demeanor were apparent within her first few words. Deacon Jim and I set up an interview with Sr. Kathleen – it felt like almost a formality. We knew Sr. Kathleen was without a doubt the right person.

    When Sr. Kathleen started working at Newton-Wellesley her friendly, approachable presence immediately radiated and earned her countless “fans”. Staff from various departments would stop by the office to greet her and share news of their lives – Sr. Kathleen always celebrated joyfully with them the blessings of children, grandchildren, birthdays, and special moments and she grieved with them and offered support when they told her about difficulties, addictions, illnesses, losses and sorrows. Sr. Kathleen offered complete and nonjudgmental support – staff and patients alike knew they could talk to her no matter what.

    Sr. Kathleen always maintained flexibility, good humor, energy, and purpose. Her desire to serve God was so clear in everything she did, whether sitting with a dying patient, charting visits, planning an Ash Wednesday service, or just showing up for a patient or staff with a box of tissues and a cup of tea at the right time. Her faith and spirit shined as brightly as her smile and eyes.

    We were so very fortunate to know and work with Sr. Kathleen. Even in just a year, she made a tremendous impact on patients and staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her calm, approachable demeanor was healing for so many people who had felt wounded, oppressed or marginalized by their religious experiences – I remember the surprised (and liberated, delighted!) look on a colleague’s face when Sr. Kathleen invited her to consider the Feminine Divine. Sr. Kathleen companioned many of us in moving towards our Loving God and even re-imagining the Divine in a way that was life-giving and beautiful. For me personally, this was an enormous gift.

    Please know how many of us join your community in grieving the passing of Sr. Kathleen and celebrating her amazing life. She will be with us always.

    Alyssa Adreani

  5. noreen cleary February 6, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Kathleen was a saint in our midst. How she endured these last several years is a reflection of her heroic and holy spirit. It was a privilege to know her.
    She was and still is and always will be dear to us.

  6. Paul C. Burns June 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Sister Kathleen Crowley served as a campus chaplain st St. Mark’s College and the University of British Columbia back during the 1980’s. She was a person of warmth and gentleness who welcomed every one on their own terms. She reached out to and affirmed a wide range of young adults on their respective personal journeys. Those of us privileged to work alongside her were blessed by her presence and learned to appreciate her simple pastoral style of “walking with people” on their personal and faith journeys. In many ways Kathleen always reflected the “open door Catholicism” that is so characteristic of Pope Francis. In her present place, may Kathleen continue to help the so many lives she has touched.

    Paul Burns

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