For Dominican Sister of Hope and Mount Saint Mary College professor Sister Catherine Walsh, O.P., Ed.D., it took more than the luck of the Irish to be named to the Irish Education 100 list.

Sister Catherine, a Mount alumna, has been an educator for 40 years, and in service to the religious congregation in leadership for eight years. Her newest appointment is as a Councillor on the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.

On being chosen for the Irish Education 100, Sister Catherine said, “It is great honor to join so many dedicated educators of Irish heritage. My mom would be so proud.”

Sister Catherine is a graduate of Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, with a bachelor’s degree in English and certification in Education. She earned two master’s degrees in Corporate Communication and Education from Fairfield University and a doctorate in Education from Fordham University. While Sister Catherine officially “retired” from the Mount last year to take this leadership role, she is still on campus two days a week, teaching the Senior Seminar in communication arts.

The Irish Education 100, compiled by the Irish Voice newspaper, highlights top educators in America and the long standing Irish commitment to excellence in education.

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