Sister Clarene Kennedy — on her 25th Jubilee

December 17, 2014 by

Sister Clarene Kennedy

Sister Clarene Kennedy

PARENTS: James Joseph and Luetta Marie Meyers Kennedy
HOMETOWN: McCook, Neb.
Dominican School of Nursing, Great Bend, Kan. (diploma in nursing)

1996-2000 Pastoral associate in parishes in Russell and Gorham, Kan.
2000-2001 Pastoral associate in Gorham, Kan., parish, and office nurse in Russell, Kan.
2001-2003 Pastoral associate in parishes in Kanopolis, Ellsworth and Holyrood, Kan.
2003-2005 Staff nurse at St. John’s Nursing Home, Victoria, Kan., and Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Hays, Kan.
2003-2005 Pastoral care at St. Mary’s Parish, Gorham, Kan.
2005-2008 Volunteer ministry at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Junction City, Kan.
2008-today Pastoral care coordinator at the Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia


I was 47 when I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

The many years that I contemplated religious life, in retrospect, I’ve come to realize that I lived “as if.” I already was a religious.

I would be mystified when total strangers would address me as “Sister,” being fairly certain that it was not my aura of holiness that was being identified!

Then one day, when I was preparing to leave one parish to work at another, a dear elderly parishioner told me that she would certainly miss my “presence.”

Such a simple message, but I resonated deep within me and I knew I had arrived!


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