Katherine was born in New Orleans in August of 1938. She grew up with four sisters, and a little brother arrived when she was twenty-three. She worked as a secretary for Standard Fruit and Steamship Company and later for Dictaphone Corporation. In 1960, she met Thomas Fahy in a Spanish class at night school at Tulane University. They married in 1962 at Incarnate Word Catholic Church in New Orleans. Her uncle, Fr. Elmer Toups, CSsR, presided at the wedding Mass. Katherine became the mother of Evelyn Marie Fahy in 1965.
She was with her husband in Frascati, Italy, in August of 1972 when both found themselves in the presence of Luisa Piccarreta’s writings, although, at that time they were unaware of their significance. After returning to the USA, Katherine and Thomas opened a Catholic book store in St. Petersburg, FL, in October of 1972. The book store provided many opportunities for fostering vocations to the priesthood and the religious life as well as many other spiritual undertakings.
In October of 1973, Katherine and Thomas discovered the great significance of the writings of Luisa Piccarreta, and from that time Katherine provided constant assistance to her husband, Thomas, in fostering the coming of the Reign of the Divine Will.
In 1979 Katherine and Thomas began to live in Jacksonville, FL, after a short time in the rural area near Chiefland, Florida, where they home schooled their daughter.
Family economics at that time led Katherine to take her first outside-of-the-home work assignment since her marriage in 1962, and she went to work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a word processor and later as a secretary. When the Luisa Piccarreta Center for the Divine Will, Inc. was founded in 1994, Katherine was designated as Secretary of the Corporation and worked many hours for the Center, before quitting her job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1997 to work full time for the Center.
Her work for the Center requires her to “wear many hats” so to speak, as she is involved in so many aspects of the Center’s work, especially answering the phone, taking book orders, packaging and shipping, keeping the financial records, and handling the donation acknowledgement letters for Thomas’ signature.
One of her extra jobs is to almost instantly find things that others just can’t find no matter how hard they look. She gives all the credit to St. Anthony, even though her husband thinks she deserves recognition as a finder of lost objects or papers.