Sister Kathleen Condry, OSU, August 14, 1950 – September 5, 2016

Sister Kathleen Condry, 66, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Sept. 5, 2016, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 46th year of religious life. She was a native of Ottawa, Kan., but grew up in Kenner, La.

Sister Kathleen was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger of that community with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. She was superior in Paola from 2002 until the merger, and had previously served 16 years in community leadership (1982-90, 1994-2002). She was elected as assistant congregational leader for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in December 2015, and was installed in office July 17, 2016.

All of her ministry was in Kansas, where she was renowned for her leadership skills as an educator. She taught French and speech at Ursuline Academy in Paola (1970-71), then taught at Holy Name School, Kansas City (1972-73) and Bishop Miege High School, Roeland Park (1973-77). She was assistant principal of St. Agnes School, Fairway (1977-78).

She served as principal of Queen of the Holy Rosary School (1978-85), Holy Spirit School (1984-88) and Holy Cross School (1986-87), all in Overland Park. From 1988-98, she held administrative roles at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Church of Ascension School in Overland Park. Sister Kathleen was the assistant superintendent for leadership and mission for the Archdiocesan Education Office, Kansas City, Kan. (1998-2002).

From 2009-2016, she took on a new challenge serving in pastoral ministry for the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, Kan.

What people will always remember about Sister Kathleen was her sense of humor, her ability to make others feel accepted and loved, and her great spirituality.

Survivors include two sisters, Ellen Mary Condry of Belle Chasse, La., and Patricia Frelich of Carriere, Miss.; nieces, a nephew and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Kathleen may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Sue Bremer, Cleveland Ursuline

    Holding your congregation in prayer as you mourn the loss of this good and faithful woman. I was blessed to know Kathleen through Ursuline Society and Region 6 leadership gatherings.

  2. Mark Madsen

    Sister Kathleen was truly a holy woman of God. She was an inspiration to me in my ministry and I am sure to thousands of others. She will be missed by the Church. May she rest in peace!

  3. Phyllis Kemper, OSU

    Kathleen’s picture above reflects her twinkling eyes and bright smile that made her so welcoming to everyone she met. I was looking forward to working with her again in the North American Ursuline Leadership group. Prayers for the many who loved her.

  4. Betty Booker

    Sister Kathleen Condry was a blessing to the students and teachers at St. Agnes. God bless her sisters and family and the Ursuline Community for sharing her with us.

  5. Pauline Goebel

    I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the Associates Day last year. She was dynamic. She had everyone in the room mesmerized. What a loss for the Ursulines and the Associates. May she rest in peace.

  6. Renee OLLERICH

    We will all miss that warm and welcoming smile. It was a blessing to us that Sister Kathleen shared her talents at Church of the Nativity.

  7. Pat Doyle

    Sister Kathleen shared with Saint Teresa of Calcutta God’s gifts of smile, vision, and hope. She had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She had a vision that our world could reflect the love of God. She had the hope that it would happen, one person at a time, one miracle at a time. And she blessed us with the undying belief that it would happen through us.

  8. Ashley Henry

    Our family was so blessed that Sr Kathleen spent part of her life at Nativity. She was a wonderful example of religious life for the children. I pray she rests in peace with Christ and her example inspires more vocations to religious life!

  9. Joane Wilkerson

    Nativity Parish in Leawood KS was blessed to have Sister in our midst! She was always smiling and appreciative of those involved in our parish life! She will be missed.

  10. Elaine & Don Webb

    When I think of Sr. Kathleen, I think of hard working and gracious. Always positive, she was a true leader and her Christian attitude was always evident. She will be missed. RIP Sr. Kathleen.

  11. Betty Scaletty

    A good friend, a wonderful teacher, a great sense of humor. She was loved by so many. The 10 years I worked with her was an honor.

  12. Matthew Kirk, STA 1991

    It is an honor that this wonderful woman touched three generations of my family. Sister Kathleen will be remembered for her compassion, her faith, and her strength.

    May others carry your love and spirit forward. Much Love & Godspeed Sister, you will be missed.

  13. Debra Johnston Petree

    Kathi and I were best friends at Bishop Miege High School in the late 60’s. We traveled to Pittsburg, Kansas together for our first year of college. The following year she entered the religious life with the Ursuline community. Although we had not been in touch for many years, I thought of her often and cherished the years we spent together in high school and college. She was always a very special person. I was so lucky to have had her in my life. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ellen Mary, Trisha and the Ursuline community.

  14. Marlene LoGrasso

    I remember Sr. Kathleen from the last Ursuline Institute in New Orleans and then the Convocations. A great lady and daughter of Anglea Merici. Please accept my prayers and sympathy.
    Sr. Marlene LoGrasso, Canfield, Ohio
    Youngstown Ursuline

  15. Marilyn Dinkel

    We loved her and will never forget how wonderful she was with our children when at Queen of the Holy Rosary. She’s now our angel.

  16. Falco

    It seems appropriate that you would be in the first group to be greeted by Saint Therese!
    Love you Falco Family

  17. The Tom Gaughan Family

    We have such fond memories of Sister Kathleen…St. Thomas Aquinas, Church of the Nativity and the Ursaline House in Paola. She gave us a wonderful tour of the house when it was renovated years back. Her beautiful smile, witty personality and caring disposition will be missed. May God take good care of this wonderful woman!

  18. Jeanine Pierson-Noguera

    Rest in Peace, Sister Kathleen!
    May songs of the angels welcome you to life everlasting.
    With much love and hugs from your friend.

  19. Patrícia Lage

    Oh my gosh!
    That smile that welcomed me when I arrived in Kansas …
    This shoulder that supported me throughout my illness.
    Thank you for teaching my son Ivo sense the option for Christ.
    Rest in peace!

  20. Sue Zimmerman

    As much as my heart hurts from the loss of Sister Kathleen, I can only imagine your sense of loss. The world seemed to have lost a bit of its light, but heaven is rejoicing and glowing unbelievably with her presence. She was in the express lane through the gates of heaven. Can’t you just see her testing her new wings and laughing?! What a blessing she was to us all. I am with you in prayer. God Bless!

  21. Sheila McKinley osu

    Please accept the sympathy and prayers of your Ursuline Sisters in Chatham, Ontario in Canada. We join you in grieving the loss of such a dynamic member even as we rejoice in her arrival in the arms of her Beloved. May you experience her ongoing presence in her spirit among you.

  22. Dr. Linda Lucarell Miller, Youngstown Associate

    I am happy I got to meet her this summer at the Convocation. She was so determined to participate. Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers today in your loss as a community.

  23. Nancy armstrong

    I am sure the angels have a great new voice!!!
    Prayers to all family and friends. She was truly one of a kind.

  24. John and Jo Doherty

    We have fond memories of Sr. Kathleen from Queen of the Holy Rosary to St.nThomas Aquinas. We send our sympathy, prayers and warm thoughts to her family and community. Blessings John and Jo Doherty (Jeff, Anna and Amy)

  25. Renee Bussell

    She was my good friend. I remember seeing her in the halls at Bishop Miege when I was a freshman and she was a junior, but we did not get to know each other until we enrolled in a Spanish class as adults. We studied together in her office at Ursuline in Paola and would practice speaking Spanish with the staff at a local Mexican restaurant all the while trying to be serious but giggling like schoolgirls. What a loss for her family, the Ursuline community, and to all of us: she was wise and patient and funny and down to earth and compassionate and good. I will miss and remember her forever. Wishing strength and peace to her family and the Ursuline community.

  26. Claire Stevenson

    Sr. Kathleen was as warm as she was dynamic. Her support of my husband after losing his son was such a comfort. A great person full of compassion and a solid leader in our faith community. We were hoping to visit her in KY when traveling that way. We will be attending the rosary and memorial mass at Nativity on Tues, Sept 13th, 5 p.m. Sr. Kathleen pray for us!

  27. Mary Ann Schilling

    so sorry to hear about the death of Sister Kathleen, know that all of you are in my prayers.

    Mary Ann Schilling

  28. Kathy Riordan

    I went to high school with Kathleen, and I remember her guitar playing, singing and
    intelligence. She was truly a sincere person and a lovely individual.

  29. Vicki Lichtenauer

    Dear Sisters, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kathleen. She was looking forward to her new opportunities in Kentucky. We miss her here in Kansas and we pass on our condolences
    Sr. Vicki Lichtenauer, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas

  30. Holly Hoffman Thomas

    Sister Kathleen was a prayer warrior. Her ear was constantly attuned to God’s voice AND she always followed what God asked of her. She was a compassionate and patient teacher, teaching to the strengths of each student. Sister Kathleen always made time for God, others, then herself. I have so many bittersweet memories of this wonderful person and our time together. May Sister Kathleen rest in God’s loving embrace.

  31. Mary/Marie Adele Greer

    Sister Kathleen was a extraordinarily passionate person and educator. Her passion was infectious from the instant we encountered her waiting to greet us each day outside the classroom door. She was tirelessly creative in her teaching strategies–we not only learned French– we LOVED French! Sr. Kathleen truly embodied why Catholic education has been so important and formative for me and so many others–seamlessly living and sharing Christlike ideals while assisting and preparing us to be better people and professionals. Merci Ma Souer, and thanks to all of the Ursuline Sisters for sharing Sister Kathleen with us.

  32. Theresa Svehla, RSM

    I’m so sorry to read that Sr. Kathleen passed away almost a year ago. I moved to the Denver area and lost touch with the happenings in KS.

    She was a kind, thoughtful, very talented person with a great sense of humor.

    Will miss her!

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