Sister Kelly Biddle, O.P.
Sister Kelly was born in Orange, Texas. She lived with her family in Bridge City, Texas and has a large extended family. “We are a very loving family.” Sister Kelly attended Hatton Elementary and Bridge City Junior and Senior High. “I never knew a sister growing up. I like to say the first nun I knew was Whoopi Goldberg.” Sister Kelly attended Rice University in Houston and that is where she met Sister Kitty Carter, O.P.
Sister Kelly entered as a novice in August of 2011. “I was called to the life of service. I fell in love with the Dominican charism of preaching and the idea ‘contemplate and give to others the fruits of your contemplation’. After getting to know the Dominicans, I kind of fell in love with the sisters, too.”
Sister Kelly’s only ministry as a sister has been teaching biology and genetics at San Jacinto Community College. Before taking that position she had been a Dominican volunteer in Columbus, Ohio with the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs/Dominican Sisters of Peace. She worked on a farm there and at an adult learning center, helping adult learners learn English and earn their GEDs.
Sister Kelly enjoys her work at San Jac and has taught there since 2010. “I am always astounded that students think you can’t be religious and ‘believe’ in evolution. It is a pleasure for me to teach that my relationship with God helps develop my understanding of science and my understanding of science also helps increase my understanding of God and her wonderful creation.” Sister Kelly finds great joy in helping her students understand that one can believe in God and understand evolution with no conflict.
Sister Kelly is currently working on a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio and has really been enjoying this experience. She loves being a teacher and will keep teaching as long as she can. Sister Kelly also spends the month of July working at the Dominican Sisters Summer Camp every year. When Sister Kelly is not in the classroom she enjoys reading and crafting.
From notes submitted by Sister Kelly Biddle, O.P. June 2014.