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Sisters of Saint Casimir
(Veronika Balčaite, Balcaitis)


Father:  Simonas Balčius Mother:  Marijaona Raštutyte
Birthname: Veronika Balčaite
Born: 31-January-1881, Vaitimėnai Lithuania
Religion: Roman Catholic. 
Emigrated to US: 01-June-1909 aboard the Kronprinz Frederich Wilhelm  from Breman German. (See http://www.ellisisland.org/  Search on Balzaite)
Died:  23-December-1974, Chicago Illinois
Buried: 27 Decemeber 1974 in the Sisters of  St Casimir Cemetary.

Biography
Sister Catherine was born on 31 January 1881 in the village of Vaitemenai Lithuania.  It is in the Taurage Region.  Not much is known about her early life.  She entered the Sisters of Saint Casimir on 11 February 1911 from the Providence of God Parish in Chicago Illinois.  She made her first vows to the order 2 August 1911 and  was received in Novitiate on 15 October 1911.  She made her perpetual vows on 15 August 1918.

In 1922 she traveled with Mother Maria Kaupas , the founderess of the Sister Of Saint Casimir and three other nuns, To Lithuania in order to Establish a Sister Convent.  The convent was established at a 15th century Benedictine Monastery Pazaislis.  Sister Catherine remained at Pazaislis until 1935.  The convent at Pazaislis was given Autonomous status.  She returned to the United States and served the Community as a dietitian in parish schools that were run by the Sisters of Saint Casimir in the Chicago Area.

She retired in 1965 and resided at the Mother house in Chicago until her death on 23 December 1974.