Congregational Leadership Team, 2014 – 2020
The Congregational Leadership Team is elected for a six-year term. Of the current team, Sister Joan O’Keefe is in Halifax, NS, Sisters Kati Hamm and Roberta Kerins are in New York, Sister Cecilia Hudec is in British Columbia and Sister Maryanne Ruzzo is in Boston, MA.
Originally from Boston, MA, Sister Joan O’Keefe has lived in Nova Scotia since she first entered the Congregation. She taught school in Shad Bay, Herring Cove, Westphal and Bridgewater; then moved into parish work in Bedford. Sister Joan was co-ordinator of the Single Parent Centre (now Chebucto Family Centre), in Spryfield from 1989 to 2002. She served on the Congregational Leadership Team 2002-08, and has been a volunteer doula since then.
Born in Gardiner, ME, Sister Mary Katherine (Kati) Hamm has lived in New York for most of her life. After teaching for many years, Sister Kati served as Catechetical Co-ordinator, then Religious Education Director, in several parish schools. She was a member of the Congregational Leadership Team 2002-08. Since then, she’s directed volunteer programs for the Sisters of Charity-New York; served as Director of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity for the SC-NY and Sisters of Saint Elizabeth, NJ, and volunteered with LifeWay Network, which serves victims of human trafficking.
Sister Cecilia Hudec grew up in Picardville, AB. She started her career as an elementary school teacher in Vancouver, BC, then served in pastoral ministry in Peru for a number of years. Sister Cecilia served as a Provincial Superior for the Congregation, 1990-96. Since then, she has focused on educational workshops on earth literacy and ecological spirituality. Sister Cecilia currently lives in Richmond, BC.
Sister Roberta Kerins is serving a second consecutive term on the Congregational Leadership Team. Prior to that, she was a teacher and religious education co-ordinator in a number of NY parishes, and a religious education director in Bermuda. She was an administrator at Washington Theological Union and Associate Director of Formation/Pastoral Education at St. Paul College, both in Washington, DC; and Pastoral Associate in Landover Hills, MA. Originally from North Andover, MA, Sister Roberta currently lives in New York.
Sister Maryanne Ruzzo has lived most of her life in Dorchester, MA. She was a counsellor and advocate at Pine Street Inn, a women’s shelter, for a number of years, and has served the Congregation as Vocation Awareness / Charism Promotion Co-ordinator since 2002. For eight years, Sister Maryanne was Chaplain at Boston Medical Center. She has also organized and participated in a number of volunteer service trips to the House of Charity, New Orleans.