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Sr. Katherine Martin Caughey, SND

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“May you rest in peace. You were the ultimate Sister of Notre Dame de NamurYou were always very supportive during the years I knew you both when...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Ellie Boucher-Fedele - Waltham, MA

“My deepest sympathy to St. Katherine family, SND, and the St. Jude Community.I am truly saddened by the loss of Sr. Katherine, she was a wonderful...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Marian Burns - Cambridge, MA

“Sister Katherine was a great principal, but an even better human being. And the two were always, inextricably, linked. When I was sick, she looked me...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Sarah Teeven - Waltham, MA

“skmOur loss is Heaven's gain. May your good soul be at the right hand of God. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Ann Witham - Waltham, MA

“Sr. Katherine has been a dear friend of the Madden family from Somerville for over 50 years. A devoted friend of our aunt Ruth and after Ruth's...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Paul Madden - Arlington, MA

“My family and I can't express are gratitude and love for all that you had done for us over the last Thirty-Three years. We WILL ALL MISS YOU, OUR...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: BETH GISIGER - WALTHAM, MA

“My family and I can't express are gratitude and love for all that you had done for us over the years ! ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: ELIZABETH GISIGER - LEXINGTON, MA

“Sister Katherine Martin was an integral part of the Saint Jude community, of the city of Waltham, and of my family's life. She was always proud of us...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Blessing Ajaero - Waltham, MA

“Sister Katherine: Where do I begin? Thank you for all you have done for me and my family over the years. You got me through one of the most difficult...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Murphy - Waltham

“Sister Katherine, May you find peace and rest after many years of exceptional dedication to your students. Job well done. Rest Easy. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Paul Keating - Waltham, MA

“You will never be forgotten, Sister Katherine. You certainly touched my life as a young child. May you rest in peace. My sympathy and prayers to...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Jennifer (Sullivan) Perry - MA

“Sister Katherine had an enormous presence and influence that was felt by all those who knew her. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Kaitlin Mulcahey - Waltham, MA

“There are not enough words for the sadness we feel right now. Sr. Katherine first was a great friend to my aunt Ceil Cloherty and because of that...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Maureen Amedio - Watertown, MA

“Sister, You gave me hope and the love of your children in my darkest time. I will never forget you and what you did for me. I miss you so much. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Eileen O'Halloran - Weston, MA

“God Blessyou always Sister Katherine. We were blessed to know you and you have touched so very many lives. May God hold you close in his arms.With...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Andrea LaFrance - Waltham, MA

“Rest in peace sr.katherine ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Lois & Michael hines - Framingham, MA

“For so many years you have touched the lives of so many children and their families, Sister Katherine, as Principal of Saint Jude School. Your...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: DELLORUSSO FAMILY - Watertown, MA

“Heart felt condolences RIP ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Annie/Austin Thomas - Waltham, MA

“What a special and wonderful woman . The school and parish has lost a truly dedicated soul and now she can rest knowing that she more than fulfilled...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Susan McGean - Waltham, MA

“Sister Katherine was my Principal @ Blessed Sacrament School in Cambridge when I graduated in 1976, One of a Kind, Rest Easy Sister, God Bless.....Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: george clarke - waltham, MA

“You will always be in our hearts Sister Katherine, you will be missed. We were so blessed to have had such an amazing principal. Our prayers go out...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Carmen Solares - Waltham, MA

“RIP and god speed sister. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Shaun McCallum - Waltham, MA

“Great principle and leader!!! You will be missed!!! ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Sheila Oppenheim - Waltham, MA

“Rest in Peace Sister Katherine.You will be missed.Scanlon Family ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Scanlon - WALTHAM, MA

“We will miss you for ever. You will always be in our hearts ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Fam. Lopez Contreras - Waltham, MA

“What a wonderful teacher, principal and friend. I will always remember you. It was a pleasure to have known you. May you Rest In Peace. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Helen Burgoyne Duffy - Marshfield, MA

“I have known Sister Katherine since she started at St Judes and will miss her very much. She was great to me and my family. RIP Sister ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Christopher Jensen - Waltham, MA


On the 30th of January, 1960, Sister Katherine Martin, SND promised Poverty, Chastity and Obedience in consecrating her life in service to Christ and His Church . . . and she never looked back.

Patricia Ann Caughey, who grew up in North Reading, first entered religious life with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur three years earlier and professed her final vows on July 30, 1965. By then she'd been educated at Emmanuel College, Boston College and at Seton Hall College where she earned the requisite degrees in education and in administration, skills she honed throughout her sixty plus years of ministry.

What she already knew however was how to love God's people and to serve them selflessly, sacrificially and with profound joy. Every day of her life.

Sr. Katherine devoted her life to education in parish elementary schools in Dorchester, Leominster, East Boston, Cambridge and in Hudson before landing at Saint Jude School in Waltham where she was the principal for the past thirty-three years. She'd also served for a time on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur throughout the Eighties.

It was at Saint Jude's however where she left an everlasting mark. Through her work at school and at the church she got to know practically every family in the parish. In addition to being a Eucharistic minister and lector she became the resident decorator extraordinaire at Christmas and at Easter and on every Sunday in between . . . and she was the consummate and gracious hostess who could arrange an elegant event in the parish hall on a moment's notice.

Sr. Katherine Martin, SND, beloved teacher, principal, professional and friend drew her last breath on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester after having suffered a stroke a week earlier. She was 79.

Among the most treasured items she ever possessed were thirty plus years' worth of cards and notes she'd received from her students, teachers and parents . . . each of them testifying to her warmth, love, kindness and generosity.

One of this week's cards reads . . . "Dear Sister Katherine, Thank you for helping me learn how to pray and know Jesus. You helped me to grow every day." . . . and on Monday we trust she heard the words so beautifully proclaimed in Matthew's Gospel, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

Sr. Katherine was always fond of repeating the words of the founder of the Notre Dame order, Saint Julie Billiart . . . "How good is the good God who tries us! If we live by crosses, we shall die of love."

Her other constant refrain . . . "God is good" will remain in the hearts and the minds of all who knew and loved her.

She was born in Boston, on July 11, 1938 to the late Martin and Katherine (Benson) Caughey and leaves her sisters, Bertha 'Hunna' Aziz and her husband, Edward, Sr. of Haverhill and Margaret 'Peggie' Peretti, of Peaks Island, Maine; her sister-in-law, Mary Caughey; many nieces and nephews and their families, and her confrères in the congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Sr. Katherine was also a sister of the late Martin, John and William Caughey and sister-in-law of the late Frank Peretti.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sister Katherine's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, June 22nd from 4 to 8 p.m. [Wake vigil service will be at 7 p.m.] and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ipswich.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur, 30 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

. . . and from her favorite song . . .

Like a sunflower that follows
Every movement of the sun,
So I turn towards You, to follow You, my God.
In simplicity, charity, I follow.
In simplicity, honesty, I follow.
In simplicity, fidelity, I follow.
Like a sunflower that follows
Every movement of the sun,
So I turn towards You, to follow You, my God.

Requiescat in Pace †