A life of service: Sister Cele Gorman, OP

Photo: Stephen Brashear Photo: Stephen Brashear

Dominican Sister Cele Gorman is a Seattle native who has spent nearly her entire ministry serving in Western Washington. For two decades, she and Sister Kath Silverthorn were featured on KIRO Radio’s The Dori Monson Show in the popular “One-on-One Against the Nuns” segment, where they’d pick the winners of each week’s NFL games. She’s an honorary chair of the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Called to Serve as Christ campaign supporting retired priests, women religious and parishes.

What person or experience most influenced you to answer the call to religious life?

I grew up in a wonderful family, which included my mother and dad, twin sister Shaughn and brother Tom. Our life revolved around school, sports and church. I always enjoyed and admired the Edmonds Dominican Sisters who taught us at Blessed Sacrament School in Seattle and who attended our sporting events. They seemed to be “real people” and loved being sisters. Also a Dominican priest, who was the pastor of our parish, was an inspiration to me. He was a gentle, holy man whose love for God was so much a part of who he was.

What do you most enjoy about being a religious sister?

I am a people person, and I enjoy relating to all those I’ve been privileged to serve including students, parents and the elderly. This includes the privilege of sharing joys and sorrows in the lives of those with whom I minister.

What gives you hope?

Seeing people help one another, and being in a community with others whose lives are based on serving others. I am also hopeful when I see young people who challenge what is and who are looking for a church that meets the needs of the time.

What does the Called to Serve as Christ campaign mean to you?

It lets me know that the parishioners of the archdiocese are acknowledging the work that women religious have done in the past and are providing support for us to continue this ministry in the future.

About Sister Cele Gorman, OP

Community: Adrian Dominicans (formerly Edmonds Dominicans)

Final vows: August 22, 1970

Favorite Scripture verse: Micah 6:8 — “This is what our God asks of you, only this, to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.”

Hobbies: Daily walks, exercise bike, sports, being outdoors, reading, making chocolate chip cookies and connecting with friends

Teacher, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton (1968–71)
Teacher, Assumption, San Leandro, California (1971–77)
CYO camp director (1975–77)
Teacher, St. Philomena, Des Moines (1977–81, 1985)
Youth minister, All Saints, Puyallup (1981–84)
Teacher, St. Joseph, Seattle (1986–89)
Teacher, Holy Rosary, Seattle (1990–99)
Teacher, St. Matthew, Seattle (1999–2000)
Assisted living coordinator, Assumption Convent, Seattle (2001–present)

The Called to Serve as Christ campaign aims to raise $100 million to strengthen the Archdiocese of Seattle’s priest pension and retirement medical plans, provide support to women religious, and assist key efforts in our parishes. Learn more at CalledToServeAsChrist.org.

Northwest Catholic - September 2019