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Alliance for Catholic Education recognizes Sister Catherine Powers with prestigious Sorin Award

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 11, 2014) – At a Mass and subsequent ceremony this morning at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Oklahoma City, representatives of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame recognized Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, CND, with the prestigious University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools.

Named for the founder of the University, the Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, the Sorin Award honors those whose tireless commitment to support, sustain and transform Catholic schools has shaped the lives of countless children, their families and communities.

That description perfectly fits Sister Kay, says her nominator and current Catholic Schools superintendent Cris Carter, Ph.D.

Sister Kay last year returned from retirement to serve as the Safe Environment Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, but she is best known for her role as archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools. She served in that capacity for 16 years from 1996 to 2012. She began her ministry in education in 1961 at the age of 19.

“In her 16 years as superintendent, Sister Kay served as a model of faithfulness, commitment and professionalism,” Carter said. “She is the consummate educator. She loves truth and desires to share that love with faculty, staff, parents and, above all, students.

“Now, as the Safe Environment Coordinator, she infuses a difficult role with compassion and grace and unfailingly prioritizes students’ safety and wellbeing,” Carter added.

Sister Kay said she was humbled and honored to receive the award.

“I’m very thankful to Notre Dame for their national commitment to the development of Catholic education and for their work in our archdiocese in particular because we have benefited so much from all that they have done,” she said. “I’m also thankful to Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran and Archbishop Paul Coakley because they are both so supportive of Catholic schools.”

The Alliance for Catholic Education is a national movement that provides highly talented teachers, principals and leaders to hundreds of thousands of children across the United States. For 20 years, ACE has been working in partnership with Catholic schools to ensure that students, many of them from low-income families in high-poverty communities, have access to a high-quality education.

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