Sister Antoinette "Kitty" Carter, O.P.
Sister John Katherine Carter, O.P.
Sister Kitty was born in Houston, Texas. She lived in Houston with her parents and three siblings, as well as many extended family members. Sister Kitty attended St. Christopher Catholic School, Queen of Peace Catholic School and St. Agnes Academy. “I loved being at St. Agnes.” She enjoyed all of the extra-curricular activities, particularly volleyball, basketball and stage work.
After graduating from St. Agnes Academy Sister Kitty entered Sacred Heart convent in 1957. She says the Dominican sisters who taught her inspired her to enter.
Sister Kitty (Sister John Katherine) attended Dominican College earning Bachelor degreein English and in History and later earning a Master of Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her first teaching assignment was at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Port Neches, Texas. After three years in Port Neches she went to Sacred Heart Catholic School in Austin, Texas. During her 18 years at Sacred Heart Sister Kitty served as teacher, principal, and program director of the individualized instruction program. The program was an incredible example of what education can be when the teacher and curriculum meet the children where they are. “The students were respected for who they were and what they could do.” In 1981 Sister Kitty transferred to St. Mary’s Catholic School and served as principal until 1984.
In 1984 Sister Kitty went to Texas Southern University serving in Campus Ministry where the community includes students, faculty and staff. In 1987 Sister Kitty went to the University of Houston campus serving as campus minister and Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry.
In 1993 Sister Kitty worked at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School serving as school counselor. The following year she became the Director of Campus Ministry serving Rice University and The Texas Medical Center Educational Institutions. Sister Kitty enjoys her work with the medical students, faculty and staff. “I love the whole Rice culture and working with students. Sometimes there are issues they are working through and sometimes it’s supporting them as they venture forward.” Sister Kitty continues working in campus ministry as well as serving on the Dominican Sisters of Houston Leadership Council.
For Sister Kitty being a Dominican sister means being with a group of exemplary women who are strong and diligently faithful working together as a team, using their gifts for the purpose of serving others and seeking justice.
Interview with Sister Antoinette ”Kitty” Carter, O.P. August 2014.