Sister Kate Braet has traveled an unusual life journey.
Born in Milwaukee and having spent her early childhood in California, she then moved with her family to Hauppauge, LI. It was there that her spirituality resonated with the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
At the age of twenty, Kate entered the Novitiate, but as first vows approached, she felt it was too soon to make that formal decision. She left the novitiate and took a position as a child care worker. She then enlisted in the medical corps of the US Army. After basic training and medical training, she graduated as a combat medic and eye specialist.
Kate’s three year army experience gave her a depth of understanding about the effects of war on the good hearted people who fight them. As the end of her enlistment period neared, Kate felt the call to religious life was still strong within her. She returned to the Sisters of St. Joseph in August,1980. In September,1983, Kate completed her degree in psychology and began teaching at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn. She also earned a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.
After many years at Fontbonne, she became involved in the ministry of elder care. Kate earned a certificate in Gerontology at St. Joseph College and in 2009 became the Director of Activities for the elder and infirm Sisters of St. Joseph. She now coordinates activities at three assisted living facilities: Sacred Heart Convent in Hempstead, Stella Maris Convent in Rockaway and St. Joseph Convent in Brentwood.
Her life has been one of many changes, each one entered into with love and enthusiasm.