Woman Religious of the Year Honorees

The Woman Religious Award was established by the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women in 1995 and is presented annually to a Sister who has made a significant contribution to the Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina. The recipient is recognized annually at the SCCCW Convention.

2019 Woman Religious of the Year

Sister Kathy Adamski, OSF

Sister Kathleen Adamski, OSF, came to Charleston 10 years ago after visiting fellow Franciscan Sisters in the Catholic Schools. In August 2009, she became the Pastoral Associate of St. Benedict in Moncks Corner in Mt. Pleasant. There she was the head of liturgy, RCIA, youth ministry, baptismal and marriage prep, adult faith formation, health and healing ministry, Stephen Ministry in the Lowcountry, and was the Spiritual Advisor for both St. Vincent de Paul and the Women’s Group.

After three years, Sister Kathy became the Director of Mission at St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. She was also the director of the Ethics Committee, Patient Representatives, and Mission Policy. She also directed funding for employees who needed assistance and established the Patient Advisory Committee.

Three years later, she began her Formation for Ministry. She is currently in her fourth year of working for the Diocese of Charleston as the Director of Pastoral Formation, where she oversees the active list of Spiritual Directors in the Diocese. She offers annual seminars for parish staffs, conducts retreat ministry for parishes and schools, and established the diocesan-wide list of Certified Catholic Spiritual Directors.

Sister Kathy has served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities and on the Seminary Admissions Board for the Diocese of Charleston. She belongs to the American Counseling Association, Spiritual Directors International, the National Association of Lay Ministry, and the College Theology Society.

She is a Spiritual Director and a National Certified Campus Minister, and she holds a MA in Theology and a MS in Counseling Education focused in9

Theology and Counseling from Duquesne University. Sister Kathy also frequently meets with individuals and couples in the Pastoral Center, and she writes a monthly newsletter with more than 600 subscribers, as well.

Past Honorees

























Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM
2018 Winner
Sr Mary Frances Cannon, OSF
2017 Winner
Sister Kathleen Kane, SSNM
2016 Winner
Sister Sandra Makowski,  SSMN, JCL
2015 Winner
Sister Josephine Murphy, DC
2014 Winner
Sister Christina Murphy
2012 Winner
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Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM

Sister Mary Frances Cannon, OSF

Sister Kathleen Kane, SSMN

Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN, JCL

Sister Josephine Murphy, DC 

None Awarded   

Sister Christina Murphy   

Sister Canice Adams, SSCM 

Sister Carol Dulka, OP, 

    and Sister Mary Lequier, OP

Sister Mary Schifferle, OSF 

Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN

Sister Dorothy Brogan, CBS

Sister Marie Amelia Ferillo, OLM

Sister Roberta Theon, SSMN

Sister Veronica Janas, OLM

Sister M. Jacob Yelcho, CSA

Sister Colie Stokes, SSM

Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, OLM

Sister Andrea Callahan, OSU

Sister Margie Hosch, OSF

Sister Colleen Waterman, OSF

Sister Carol Gnau, SSND

Sister Marie Gerard Donovan, OP

Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM