2010 Golden Jubilarian
This year, Dominican Sister of Peace Catherine Galaskiewicz, OP, celebrates her Golden Jubilee, or 50 years since her first Profession of Vows. "It is a life of great joy and deep meaning," she shares. "It is centered in love with Jesus Christ and radiates out in love with our Sisters and Associates, family and friends, and the thousands of people with whom and for whom I have ministered over these 50 years."
Sr. Cathy has spent five decades teaching and preaching the Word of God in ministries as an educator, administrator, and leader. In 1960, she began her ministerial journey at St. James School in McMechen, West Virginia, and continued teaching at several schools in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1976, she became a member of the Governing Board of the Dominican Sisters in St. Catharine, Kentucky, serving as Vice President of Ministry. In 1978, Sr. Cathy moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to serve as Dean of Religious Education at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. She also taught at Christian Brothers University and offered adult religious education programs at many parishes. She currently ministers with the Diocese of Memphis as Director of Catechesis, as well as Vicar for Religious.
Sharing the faith with others, proclaiming the Good News, has been a main objective in all of Sr. Cathy's roles, fully embracing the motto of the Dominican Order: "To contemplate and to share with others the fruit of contemplation." Reflecting on the many areas of her ministerial work, Sr. Cathy says, "It has been a great privilege to live this Dominican charism in the preaching and teaching ministry in schools with young people of every age and in parish and diocesan ministry with adults."
Throughout the last 50 years, her enthusiasm and commitment to religious life has been sustained by the love of God, the vitality of the Dominican community worldwide and locally, and the joy of ministry. She shares, "To belong to my beloved family of birth, my Dominican family, and the universal church and global family - this is our reality and a source of great meaning and joy."