Sister Karen was born in Springfield, MA, to parents John and Josie (Murray) Coakley. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Sr. Ignatius. She took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. Sister is now retired, and volunteers as a tutor at the Notre Dame Educational Bridge Center in Worcester, MA.
Sister Karen's Ministries
1965-67 St. Aedan School, New Haven, CT
1968 East Hartford, CT