Kathleen Folan is the Director of Family and Youth Ministries at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco, California. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a certificate in the Great Books from the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco.
Kathleen met her husband of almost 25 years in college, and together they have three college-aged children. She and her husband have dedicated themselves to service volunteering in their children’s schools, home parishes, numerous non-profits, and they have chaired many charity events.
Kathleen placed a baby in an open adoption as a college student sharing the gift of life with a family. Her testimony to adoption has appeared in numerous publications and the EWTN television network as well as other networks in Latin America. The articles written about Kathleen have been translated into German and Polish for Catholic publications.
St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco
St. Dominic’s is a Dominican Parish in San Francisco. Established in 1873, it supports a lively community of clergy, parishioners, including the Novitiate for the Western Dominican Province.
Dominicans first came to San Francisco in 1850 when the Most Reverend Joseph Sadoc Alemany, Father Sadoc Francis Vilarrasa and Mother Mary of the Cross Goemere arrived from Spain via several other appointments in the United States. Bishop Alemany had been appointed Bishop of Monterey and invited Fr. Vilarrasa to accompany him to California. The Archdiocese of San Francisco was created in 1853 and Archbishop Alemany was its first incumbent.