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Nun recognized for her 50 years of service

June 06, 2013
After 50 years of teaching, Sister Kathy Avery OSM still has her St. Clare of Montefalco eighth grade algebra students stand at the blackboard to work out the problems.

She is well aware of SmartBoards, white boards, iPads and overhead projectors but when the students stand with chalk in hand, Avery said she discovers who understands the lessons and who needs a little more practice.

During the 11 a.m. Sunday, June 9, Mass, St. Clare parishioners are recognizing her five decades of serving as a nun in the field of education. A luncheon reception follows the service.

“I’ve always loved children,” Avery said. “Education is the only way to make the world a better place. We can change world with education. No one can take education away from you.”

Her education began at St. Jude Catholic Church and its elementary school on Detroit’s east side. She graduated from Dominican High School where she was a member of the Future Teachers Club. She went on to earn history and education degrees from Duchesne College in Omaha, a math teaching degree from the University of Detroit and an administrative degree from the University of St. Thomas.

When she was young, Avery said, her family was about to move to Toledo, Ohio. The move was thwarted when her parents were unable to find a Catholic school for their seven children, thus the Averys remained in Detroit.

“I knew education was important. My biggest influence were my mom and dad. We were three blocks from the school. We walked to school and church. My mother loved life. That helped me be

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