Sister Kathleen Bahlinger CSJ (formerly Sister Julius), a Sister of St. Joseph for 57 years, passed away in New Orleans on July 6 at the age of 75. She was born in Baton Rouge, the youngest daughter of the late Julius Andrew and Mathilda Fabacher Bahlinger.

Sister Kathleen is survived by her sister, Barbara Bahlinger, and five brothers, Julius, Marion, Reginald, Harold and Father Donald Bahlinger SJ. She was predeceased by two brothers, Vernon and Charles Bahlinger.

Sister Kathleen entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1956 and professed perpetual vows in 1964. She received a BA in 1962 from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and did further study in liturgy at Loyola University and earned an MAT at Tulane University.

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She taught at St. Joseph’s Academy in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and at Catholic High School Pointe Coupée where she was principal from 1971 to 1974.

Sister Kathleen later devoted herself to adult education, first at Hope House in New Orleans in 1980 and then at St. Paul’s Learning Center in Baton Rouge from 1983 to 2006. She returned to New Orleans and taught for two years at Frederick Douglass High School and for five years at St. Vincent de Paul Adult Learning Center.

Sister Kathleen’s commitment to social justice led her to collaborate with the late Sister Lory Schaff CSJ in founding St. Paul’s Adult Learning Center in Baton Rouge. In 2003 she was presented the YWCA Racial Justice Award in Baton Rouge in honor of her significant community work.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 10 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Baton Rouge on July 11.

Principal celebrant was Father Bahlinger and the eulogy was given by Sister Helen Prejean CSJ. A memorial Mass will be offered in New Orleans at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to “Sister Kathleen’s Ministry Fund.” Make checks payable to Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Sister Carolyn Brady CSJ at 3134 Hundred Oaks Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.