Leadership of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque is a ministry of service not only to the congregation but to the church and world. It is a work that is shared among the members with those in leadership serving a term of six years. At the end of this time, as St. Francis says, the community ministers lay down the role as easily as one lays down a towel after washing feet. Four sisters work together in this service. They support the members in their mission and common life, and tend the corporate good of the Congregation.
Currently Sr. Cathy (Kate) Katoski serves as President and Sisters Kathy Knipper, Marie Cigrand, and Mary Lechtenberg serve as Vice Presidents.
About the Team
Sister Cathy (Kate) Katoski has served as the Sisters of St. Francis Director of Development since 1996 and Treasurer for the congregation since 2010. Her previous ministries include administrative roles with Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa; Co-Director of RENEW for the Archdiocese of Dubuque; staff member for the National Pastoral Life Center in New York; and vice president for the Sisters of St. Francis. A graduate of Briar Cliff University, she has a master’s degree in theological studies from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and a doctor of ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill.
Sister Kathy Knipper served as associate professor of education at Briar Cliff University from 2000-2014. Previously she served as the Director of Curriculum for the Diocese of Sioux City and taught in elementary schools in Holy Cross, Iowa; Waterloo, Iowa; and Dubuque. Sister Kathy graduated from Clarke University, Dubuque, and has a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and a doctoral degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
Sister Marie Cigrand served as the Sisters of St. Francis Congregational Secretary from 2002-2014. Sister Marie taught in elementary schools in Worthington, Iowa; Granville, Iowa; Dyersville, Iowa, and Dubuque (St. Anthony’s). She has also served as a media specialist in Dubuque and Janesville, Wis. (St. John Vianney). She graduated from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has a master’s degree from Clarke University in computers in education.
Sister Mary Lechtenberg graduated from Briar Cliff University and has a master’s degree in religious education from Boston College. Sister Mary taught in schools in Cascade and Chicago and has also worked for the RENEW office in the Sioux City Diocese. She previously served as Director of Religious Education in Chicago, Director of Evangelization for the Des Moines Diocese, Pastoral Associate at St Ludmila Parish, Cedar Rapids and as vocation minister for the Sisters of St. Francis.