Kathaleen Sato Memorial Fund

Kathaleen Theresa Sato

August 19, 1950 -  October 1, 2020

Kathaleen Theresa Sato, a dedicated daughter of God and Kingdom builder was born in Scotia Hospital in Scotia, California on August 19, 1950 to William Meredith Heney (Bill) and Bonita Mae Heney (Bonnie). She attended the Methodist Church in Fortuna, California where she grew up. She was active in clubs at Fortuna Union High School, where she graduated with honors.

In 1968, Kathy received a scholarship to San Francisco City College, and later attended San Francisco University. During that time, Kathaleen met her spiritual mother Gloria Frothingham who introduced her to the Unification Church movement under Papa-san Choi. With hope-filled enthusiasm she traveled the United States with the One World Crusade mobile team sharing the message and mission of the church.

After her 1800 couple Marriage Blessing in 1975, she was sent as a missionary to Cameroon in Africa. There, she worked diligently for seven years, laying the foundation for the Unification Church. Many Cameroonian members have fond memories of Kathaleen and the sacrifices she made for the sake of their country, even winning the title Mother Theresa of Cameroon. 

Upon her return to the United States, Kathaleen worked in Boston as secretary to the church leader. She often contributed as part of the workshop staff and did witnessing until 1989 when she and her husband Michio Sato moved to New York, and then New Jersey. They worked together at True World Foods until she gave birth in 1991 (at the age of 41) to their beloved son, Shinji.  

While caring for her family, Kathaleen became an active member of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) in the early 1990s after its founding. She invested her whole heart and soul into sharing the “A Logic of Love” message. During her tenure, she helped organize sisterhood ceremonies between thousands of Japanese and Western women on the East Coast of the United States. 

She taught at Kumon as a specialist for early learners (pre-K and kindergarten) from 1997 until 2019. 

In 2001, Kathaleen became ordained by the Evangelical Christian Association and shifted her focus to the development and expansion of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC). She supported the educational and fellowship activities through the Pastors’ Forums, Prayer Breakfasts and giving with special emphasis to Women in Ministry. She also served as the secretary for the East Orange Clergy Association for three years. Her efforts with ACLC have created a strong fellowship among the clergy involved and inspired current members to carry on her efforts.

Kathaleen has been in and out of the hospital due to pancreatic cancer during the last year and passed on October 1 at 12:08 p.m. with her husband, son and a few close friends by her side. She is survived by her brother Hugh William Heney and sister Christina Michelle Seagraves.

Kathaleen was dedicated to the Unification mission for over 50 years. She has served faithfully in any and all capacities she was able to. She will be remembered for her undying love, faith and commitment. Today a heavenly champion ascends and begins yet another mission to advocate for God, Jesus and our True Parents.

This fundraiser is being setup to support her memorial and funeral services.

We thank you deeply for your generosity in this time of need.

Michio & Shinji Sato


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Shinji Sato 
Nutley, NJ
Michio Sato 
Crescentia DeGoede 
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