The Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph are pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen (Kate) Theriot to the position of Associate Director. Kate, a native of Houma, Louisiana, assumed her role in October, 2017, and is first lay person to serve the Congregation in this capacity.
Kate worked for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux for 32 years primarily in Human Resources, first as Associate Director and later as Director. She left in 2010 to concentrate on her professional consulting and executive coaching business, Coaching for Change, LLC. Kate holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, and is a Board Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Director.
Kate became an Associate in 2014. An Associate is a man or woman who wishes to intentionally live the mission of unity and spirituality of the Congregation, partner with the Congregation in serving the ‘dear neighbor’, participate in faith sharing and community with the Sisters and other Associates, deepen their personal relationship with God, neighbor, and all creation, and offer life experiences and gifts to enrich the community and the world.
“I have had contact with the Sisters of St. Joseph for many years when I served the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux,” said Kate. “In 2012, I began the journey to become an Associate and had the privilege of seeing first hand the wonderful work of the Congregation. The Sisters’ charism of unity and mission to ‘love and serve the dear neighbor’ is one I have aspired to most of my life and is what attracted me to this position.”
The Congregation has Associates all over the United States, with concentrations in areas where we live and work. This includes Baton Rouge, Houma and New Orleans, Louisiana, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan, Chicago and LaGrange Park, Illinois, Crookston and the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Wheeling, West Virginia, and Wichita, Kansas. Kate will work with local Associate Coordinators and Associates in these areas and others to build on and expand the program.
“The Congregation is a faith-filled community accepting of all without distinction, and I want to be a part of that and bring others in as well. This position empowers me to be a vehicle to gather people and to continue serving the Church that I love.”