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The Catholic School Difference with Sr. Maria Catherine

What makes Catholic schools what they are? What's the secret to their success? Dominican Sister, Sr. Maria Catherine, shares her insights about the exceptional qualities students and their families are finding as they make their way in large numbers to Catholic schools, many for the first time.

A product of the public school system herself, Sister explains the reticence she had to Catholic education – even after she made her religious vows – and the surprise she experienced when she finally saw firsthand what Catholic schools were all about. Listen in as she unpacks the unique model of forming students for lifelong happiness that are at the center of JSerra and all strong Catholic schools.

You can listen below or download the podcast on iTunes.


Sr Maria Catherine is wearing a white habit with a silver pendant.

Sr. Maria Catherine, O.P. is from the great state of Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked in various industries but mainly banking and administration before entering the convent. Sister has traveled widely and has been one of a few representatives of her community on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a published author in the Catholic San Francisco, The Imaginative Conservative, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. She loves teaching English and Theology and continues to be grateful for the opportunity to study Aquinas at Ave Maria University. She is currently teaching English at JSerra Catholic High School.