Arts and Letters Faculty

Sr. Catherine Walsh, OP

Professor of Communication Arts


Doctor of Education, Fordham University
Master of Arts, Education, Fairfield University
Master of Arts, Corporate Communication, Fairfield University
Bachelor of Arts, Mount Saint Mary College

Office: Aquinas Hall, 120-B
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 845-569-3236


Senior Seminar, Communication Arts


Sr. Catherine Walsh has always loved the world of communication. At the Mount, Sr. Catherine was responsible for developing the Media Studies major and implementing the Public Relations major developed under the leadership of Dr. Irene Nunnari.

Sr. Catherine's experience with Mount Saint Mary College began as a student. She's a graduate of the college with a degree in English and certification in Education. She has served as teacher in, and principal of, Bishop Dunn Elementary School, taught in the Mount's Division of Education, and was the Coordinator of Student Teaching at the Mount.

Sr. Catherine has studied for a total of 32 years, counting grade school, college, and post-graduate studies. Her love for study is what brought her to the Dominican Order, which values study and the pursuit of truth.

The letters after Sr. Catherine's name refer to Order of Preachers, the formal title of the Dominican Order. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, the founders of the college, after high school, living in Guzman Hall as a young sister. She later taught elementary school and junior high school before returning to the Mount to teach at Bishop Dunn Memorial Elementary School and then at the college.

From 1991-1995, Sr. Catherine served in leadership for the Newburgh Dominicans. In 1995, she was elected the first prioress (president) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, a new Dominican congregation founded by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh; The Dominican Sisters of Fall River, Massachusetts; and the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in Ossining, New York. Maggie - Sr. Catherine's dogYou can visit the web page of the Dominican Sisters of Hope to learn more about the congregation.

Presently, Sr. Catherine lives in the Town of Newburgh with five other Dominican Sisters and a black lab, Maggie, rescued from the pound by the Sisters. Maggie (pictured at right) is their second rescue; the first dog, Chessie, died at 15.

Sr. Catherine's awards and activities include the following:

  • Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award for Excellence, 2010
  • Sears Teaching Excellence and Campus Service Award
  • Mount Saint Mary College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Board of Directors, Dominican Family Health Services (Chair) 1995-2000
  • Board of Newburgh Ministry, 1995-1999
  • Board of Trustees, Mount Saint Mary College, 1996-1999
  • President of the Dominican Leadership Conference
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious National Taskforce on Public Relations
  • Board of Open Space, Newburgh
  • Consultant on organizational change for religious congregations
  • Member, Public Relations Society of America

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