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Santa Marie Martino Cuddihee

Retired Faculty Member of St. Joseph’s Academy

Santa Cuddihee

Santa is a graduate of Rositi-Kaine High School. She went on to receive her degree at Notre Dame College in St. Louis, MO and received her MA at Loyola New Orleans in Secondary Religious Education. She finished her formal training at Aquinas Institute of Theology. 

After graduation, she taught at Notre Dame High School from 1965-67. She also taught one year at St. Peter’s School in Jefferson, MO.  She found her life-long career at St. Joseph’s Academy in 1968. She served on the faculty for 46 years in the following areas; English, Theology, Campus Ministry, Wellness Coordinator and Department Chair.

Connection to the CSJs and their sponsored ministries

Santa first became acquainted with the CSJs at Rosati-Kaine High School, where many of the Sisters of St. Joseph taught.  Upon accepting the position at St. Joseph Academy, Santa spent her career teaching and learning from her colleagues the Sister of St. Joseph.  Their charisms inspired her as well as allowing her to help students learn and understand how those charisms could be part of their daily lives. Santa became a CSJ Associate over 20 years ago. She is currently serving on the Associate Leadership Board and has assisted in Education Association Formation. Santa also supports her church by being a RCIA teacher. She is proud to continue the mission and spirituality of the CSJs through the Sisters of St. Joseph Educational Ministry Program (SJEM).