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Sister Teresita honoured by STM parish

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

03/28/2018

SASKATOON — News that community member Sister Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, is the 2018 winner of the Higgins Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic education in Canada prompted the St. Thomas More worshipping community in Saskatoon to hold a celebration for her after Sunday mass March 11.

A congratulatory cake, refreshments, and accolades from former colleagues and students were part of the joyful event held in the STM atrium.

The Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association (CCSTA) recently announced that Kambeitz is the winner of this year’s Higgins Award, which will be presented at the organization’s annual convention in Kelowna this June.

Kambeitz was nominated by Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools for the award, which recognizes a career that spans some 56 years.

Sister Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, was honoured at a reception held after mass March 11 at St. Thomas More College Chapel in Saskatoon. (Photo by Kiply Yaworski)

Sister Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, was honoured at a reception held after mass March 11 at St. Thomas More College Chapel in Saskatoon. (Photo by Kiply Yaworski)

A member of the Ursulines of Prelate, Kambeitz began teaching in Tramping Lake, Sask., and then taught grades 8 -12 for some 26 years, as well as serving 15 years as a Christian Ethics teacher, and 10 years in campus ministry.

She has been a sessional lecturer at St. Thomas More College, and in 1988 she established the Master of Religious Education degree program at Newman Theological College, serving as its director and professor for 11 years. She also developed Newman’s certificate program in Catholic school administration.

Longtime colleague Dennis Dorgan paid tribute to Kambeitz, saying, “Teresita is known for her faith, for her justice, and for her courage.”

Dorgan said Kambeitz’s greatest legacy was to empower others to do what they were called to do. “She helped each of us try to deepen our faith, and to inspire us to go out into the world and share our faith,” agreed former student Cristin Dorgan-Lee.

Other speakers included Art Battiste, Rev. Ron Griffin, CSB, and Margaret Sanche.

Kambeitz recalled the many people who inspired, mentored, and worked alongside her over the years, expressing a desire to share the award with all of them.

Thanking the faith community for the celebration, she also presented a memento of the event to the parish — a miniature “school bell” to be added to the instruments used by children during the recessional hymn at STM Sunday mass.

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