Sister Kathleen Luger

Sister Kathleen Luger

Born in Beaver Falls, Pa. I attended St. Mary's Elementary school, Mt. Gallitzin Academy and Duquesne University where I majored in Music. Later I received a Masters' degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. I began playing the cello when I was 11 years old and practiced in the Convent across from the school since the instrument was too large to take home. It seems like I have come full circle-still practicing in the convent.

After graduating, I played in Symphony Orchestras in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec. Most recently I played in the Orlando Philharmonic in Orlando, Fla., and taught Music at Rollins College.

The year 2000 was not only the beginning of a new millennium for me, but a whole new way of life. In August of 2000 I entered the Sisters of St.Clare as a Postulant. I spent a year with the Sisters in Palm Harbor. The following year I went to Ireland for Novitiate training. I arrived in Dublin one week before 9/11. The first year I spent in Dublin studying at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. I also did some work at a homeless shelter in Dublin. The second year I was sent to Monasterevin, a small town in County Kildare. This was my Canonical year. It was a time of prayer and reflection and the surroundings were sublime. The following year I had a ministry assignment in Belfast. I worked at two parishes in interface areas of the city. One of the offices I worked in overlooked a huge fence separating the Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods. During the time I was in Belfast there was no significant fighting. However, there were definite underlying tensions. It was disturbing to see such Religious hostility that under girded the social and political fabric of Northern Ireland.

The following April I was sent back to the States. I eventually began working in Pastoral Ministry at St. Patrick's in Largo. My ministry has included directing the RCIA program, Faith Formation, Evangelization, teaching Choral Music in the school and directing the Life Teen Band.