Sister Catherine, a nun on special leave from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is not well known by many teachers at Western. "She's a fine teacher," Miss Kell said, "but she's only been here two months."
And very few people at the school knew she belonged to a religious order. Miss Kell commented that when she checked the teacher's background, she only knew that Sister Catherine had taught last year at Archbishop Keough High School.
"My concern is how well she's teaching English," the principal added. "And she's a very fine, cooperative teacher."
Mrs. Shirley Schloss, head of Western's English department, characterized the missing woman as having "real compassion for the students. It's really a tragedy," she said.
Another teacher, who wouldn't give her name, said she knew Cathy Cesnik when they both attended classes at Notre Dame College. "But I don't think Cathy would want a lot of publicity about this," she added.
"Classroom in Order"
"Everything in her classroom is in beautiful order," Miss Kell stated as she glanced at the bulletin boards and desk. "We're all very fond of her," she nodded.
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The Baltimore Sun is republishing archived coverage of the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, which is the subject of a Netflix documentary series set to debut May 19. Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun, was reported missing in November 1969 and her body was found in Lansdowne in January 1970. These stories appear as they were originally written in The Sun or The Evening Sun.