Sister's return to City Theatre marks quarter million dollars for retired nuns


November 11, 2008

Kim Richards returns in Pittsburgh's favorite habit Sister's Christmas Catechism comes to City Theatre's main stage for a holiday run.

City Theatre heralds the return of Sister's Christmas Catechism, by Maripat Donovan – Pittsburgh's sassy alternative to traditional holiday fare. Sister's Christmas Catechism performs at City Theatre's 252 seat main stage from December 9 – 28, 2008.

Kim Richards reprises her role as ‘Sister' in an evening filled with laughter and the infamous “Living Nativity” allowing audience members the chance to quite literally make an ‘ass' of themselves, or Mary, or Joseph, as one of the members of the manger. ‘Sister' has earned a place in the hearts of Pittsburghers through her unique combination of humor and instruction, religious faith and Steelers zealotry (on game days she keeps a Terrible Towel beneath her scapular).

After each performance of Catechism, Sister invites the audience to support Pittsburgh's retired nuns. Kim Richards a.k.a. ‘Sister' said “How gratifying to aid in the care of retired nuns who have dedicated their lives to the community. You will all have a crown in heaven.”

During this year's performances of Sister's Christmas Catechism, City Theatre will exceed $250,000 in total donations collected.

“The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are grateful to benefit from the generosity of the Pittsburgh City Theater and its patrons,” said Sister of Charity Vivien Linkhauer, Provincial Superior. “We have used the more than $14,000 shared with us since 2006 to support the work of our sisters in active ministry in this region and the care of our retired and infirm sisters. It's wonderful that an evening of entertainment can result in so much good for the greater community.”

This list of mother houses that will benefit from this year's performances include: Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, Vincentian Sisters of Charity, Sisters of the Holy Spirit of West View, Benedictine Sisters, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sisters of Divine Providence, St. Joseph Convent, Sisters of the Divine Redeemer, Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sisters of the Holy Family, Little Sisters of the Poor and Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.

“City Theatre is more than an arts organization, we are a community resource. Our audiences have been astonishingly giving and were thrilled to play a small part in that generosity of human spirit,” City Theatre Managing Director Greg Quinlan said.

Tickets are available at 412-431-CITY (2489) or


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