Holy Rosary’s Sister Kath makes the NFL calls on KIRO Radio

Sister Kath with Dori Monson.
Sister Kath with Dori Monson.

Struggling to predict the final score of this year’s Super Bowl? You might want to consult with Holy Rosary School’s Sister Kath Silverthorn.

For nearly two decades now, Sister Kath and her colleague, Sister Cele Gorman, have been competing on air with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson to see who can best predict the final scores of the top NFL games of the week — including the Seahawks. Sister Kath has won Monson’s “One On One With The Nuns” competition the last three years (tying with Sister Cele last year for first place). Each week during the NFL season on the Dori Monson Show, the trio predict the scores of the three closest games — including the Seahawks. So far this year, Sister Kath and Dori are tied for first place (46-32), with Sister Cele 4 games behind (42-36).

“Dori is one of the funniest people I have known and so easy to work with,” says Sister Kath. “He will sometimes catch you off guard about a religion question or tell us we should be in the Las Vegas pool.”

It’s a comfortable role for Sister Kath, who comes from an impressive sports background. Her father was a professional baseball player who signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and later became a Major League baseball scout.  Sister Kath no doubt learned to hold her own while growing up with eight siblings in Sedro Woolley. She says she played basketball, baseball, softball and field hockey, and also won the state tennis championship for junior colleges in 1969. She says she also liked to play football in grade school.

“It was OK to tackle in those days, ” she says. “Not a lot of safety rules.”

Sister Kath has been teaching for more than 30 years, and came to Holy Rosary School in 1997, where she now teaches Pre Kindergarten-8th grade Physical Education. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace since 1977. She says the Dori Monson segment began about 20 years ago.

“Dori called the province leaders from several communities to ask if they knew of any Sisters who knew sports,” she says. “And our provincial, Sister Sheila Lemiuex, knew Cele Gorman and myself, so that’s how it got started.”

The segment airs every Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. on KIRO Radio during the NFL season. With just one game left — the Super Bowl — Sr. Kath hopes to clinch a fourth victory in a row over Monson. Her final prediction for the season?

Seahawks win. But she’s waiting to learn more about the weather conditions on game day before she predicts the score.

Go Hawks – and Go, Sister Kath!!

— Submitted by Carolyn Douglas, Holy Rosary parent

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