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Catholic alliance honors longtime Oklahoma educator

Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was recognized recently by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.
From Staff Reports Modified: March 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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Sister Catherine “Kay” Powers, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was recognized recently by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.

Powers received the prestigious University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools on Tuesday during a special ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic School in south Oklahoma City.

The award is named for the Rev. Edward Sorin, founder of Notre Dame, and is presented to honor those whose commitment to support, sustain and transform Catholic schools has shaped the lives of countless children, their families and communities.

Representatives from the alliance presented Powers the Sorin Award as part of the organization’s “Fighting for Our Children’s Future” national bus tour.

The tour is a cross-country, yearlong effort to raise awareness about the impact an excellent education can make on a child’s life and to celebrate the role Catholic schools play as agents of human formation and social transformation.

Powers served as the archdiocese’s schools superintendent for 16 years — from 1996 to 2012.

Last year, she returned from retirement to serve as the archdiocese’s safe environment coordinator.

“She is the consummate educator. She loves truth and desires to share that love with faculty, staff, parents and, above all, students,” said Cris Carter, Ph.D., the archdiocese’s current Catholic schools superintendent.