Sister Katherine Louise, founder of programs to help the poor, dies
By Andrea K. Walker, The
7:15 PM EDT, October 17, 2010
Sister Katherine Louise Nueslein, who started programs to help the poor, disabled and those addicted to drugs and alcohol, died of cancer Oct. 14 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium
She was 77.
The daughter of a newspaper typesetter and a homemaker, Sister Katherine Louise was born in
After earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mount St. Agnes College in
Sister Katherine Louise, known by most as "Kitty," became a fixture in neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore after returning to St. Peter the
Using a grant from Catholic Charities, she opened St. Peter's
She also started Southwest Visions, a program that renovated houses in the area, and Hezekiah Movement, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program.
The idea for Hezekiah blossomed after Sister Katherine Louise met the Rev. John McDonough, who ran a program for addicts in
"She said there were a lot of addicts in her neighborhood and we should do it," Father McDonough said. "When she saw something that needed to be done, she did it."
As part of its program, Hezekiah takes participants to
Even after a hip replacement, Sister Katherine Louise could be seen walking around the neighborhoods helping people, those who knew her said. She was always encouraging the other nuns to help the neighborhoods, they said..
Sister Ruth Marie Johnson remembers when a day care center owned by the Sisters of Mercy on
"She was the type of person you couldn't say no to," said Sister Ruth Marie. "Not because she was pushy, but because you knew her interests were in the people and problems of the area. She had their needs in her heart."
Sister Katherine Louise reached across international borders. After visiting
She also organized a trip to a small fishing town to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Friends say Sister Katherine Louise was modest about her accomplishments, often giving credit to others. Sister Ruth Marie remembers that Sister Katherine Louise had a quote from Desmond Tutu written on a page of her address book: "It's amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit."
Nephew James T. Van Horn of
There will be a viewing at St. Peter the
Also surviving are two nephews, Thomas J. Van Horn of
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