USF Mourns Loss of Trustee, Alumna, Friend

0915 Web Release Sr Dorothy PassingThe University of St. Francis is mourning the passing of treasured trustee, alumna, faculty member and friend, Sister Dorothy Kinsella.

Sister Dorothy was an alumna of the University of St. Francis Class of 1960 and a member of the Board of Trustees for the past three years. A native of Chicago, she received a Ph.D. in American History from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Mo., and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Claret Center in Chicago.

Sister Dorothy began her ministry in education as an elementary teacher in Columbus, Ohio. In 1962, she joined the faculty of the one-year-old Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., teaching history, religion and speech. After completing graduate studies in 1971, she became an assistant professor in the history department of the College of St. Francis. In 1975, her ministry became a ministry of peace and justice when she joined NETWORK, a religious lobby in Washington, D.C., as a staff member.

Sister Dorothy served on the Central Administration of the Congregation for four years. The plight of women and children in abusive family situations prompted Sister Kinsella to start Groundwork, a temporary home and educational opportunity for battered women at the Guardian Angel Home in Joliet. She expanded these services to encompass violence prevention for adults. In 2001, she became the director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Andrew Parish in Romeoville, Ill.

She updated and shared the history of the Joliet Franciscans as part of the Congregation’s 150 year Anniversary on August 2, 2015. She served on the Congregation’s Peace and Justice and Integrity of Creation Commission as well as the Anti-Racism Committee. She affirmed that “Both of these groups witness to our Congregation’s commitment to peace and justice and respect for all peoples.”

Sister Dorothy had celebrated her 60th anniversary with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate on June 13, 2015. She passed peacefully at the University of Chicago Hospital on September 14, 2015.