Sister Katie, baptized Kathleen Anne Keeley, was born in Denver, CO to Walter and Ruby Nollenberger Keeley. She is survived by one brother, Joseph Thomas of Denver, CO and one sister, Mary Therese Long (Francis) of Pine Bluff, AR and many nieces and nephews.
Sister Katie graduated from Holy Family High School in Denver and entered Benedictine life at Mt. St. Scholastica Convent in Atchison, KS on June 12, 1954. She was an artist and teacher. She received her BA degree in Music from Adams State College and MA in Religion from Iliff School of Theology.
She taught in schools in Kansas and ministered in the San Luis Valley of Colorado for 20 years, and was a Pastoral Minister and Religious Educator. She taught Art and Spirituality at Benet Hill Center and did water color work. Woodcarving was her greatest love.
She was a member of Benedictines for Peace Nature Conservancy and Co-Founder and member of Arco Iris Center for Creative Development in Antonito, Colorado.
Sister Katie’s love for art and music inspired her creativity and spirituality. She especially loved Gregorian Chant. She will be remembered for her wise council and joyful spirit.