Sister Kathleen Tomlonovic
Sr. Kathleen Tomlonovic was born in Des Moines and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1958. Her first vows were pronounced in 1961.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Marycrest College and a master's degree in religious education from Fordham University, Bronx, New York. She continued her education after teaching English and studying Chinese at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned as master's degree in Asian languages and literature from the University of Iowa and a doctoral degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. From 1983-85 she was a research fellowship awardee, studying at Beijing University and Sichuan University, China.
She taught at St. Henry School in Marshalltown, as well as St. Vincent School and Marycrest College in Davenport. At Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, she served as professor of Chinese and was also, for a decade, director of the Center for East Asian Studies.
She has served her congregation in a variety of positions and was a cabinet member from 2004-2012. She is secretary to the Advisory Committee of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat and a scholar-in-residence at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where she lives at the Humility of Mary Center.