Sister Kathleen O’Toole, formerly known as Sister Rose Virginia, died at Saint Joseph Villa on August 31, 2020. Her funeral took place at the Villa on September 9.
Sister Kathleen was of Scotch-Irish heritage, the third daughter of parents John and Catherine. She had many loving and spirited relatives and was reared in a very religious family. Kathleen’s religious vocation was likely influenced by her aunt, Sister Theresa Loretta, a Sister of Saint Joseph, and two cousins, Augustinian priests. Her close cousin in the congregation is Sister Mary Goodbody who also is a Sister of Saint Joseph and resides at the Villa.
After almost forty years as an elementary school educator, serving in the Philadelphia and D.C. archdioceses, as well as in Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland, Sister Kathleen prepared herself for other ministries. She enjoyed the children, and was proud of the relationships she developed. A very special grace that she received during summers was some travel time with her cousin, enjoying exploring birthplaces of her parents, and other places as well.
Sister Kathleen also became a Director of Religious Education, and served as Pastoral Associate, for fifteen years, and was a certified bereavement chaplain, as well. She described her work as chaplain as “furthering the mission of Christ by embodying a passionate response to all in need of his saving mercy and healing love.”
Sister Kathleen had been a resident of the Villa for ten years, living as joyful witness to all whom she encountered.