Dr Karecki was President of St Augustine College from 2013 to 2014 and came to the College with a wealth of experience both in her native land of America, and from many years working and studying in South Africa.
Having graduated with a BA and an MA in the United States, she came to South Africa where she earned an MTh – Missiology from UNISA in 1991 and then a DTh also in Missiology in 1996. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate in Missiology from a South African University. During the period when she was studying towards her doctorate she was employed in a number of positions in the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg, St John Vianney National Seminary and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Rhema Bible Training College.
She taught at St Augustine College between 2000 and 2005 where she was an Academic Board Member, Exam Panel Member and involved in various teaching fields. At the same time she was Associate Professor in the Department of Missiology at the University of South Africa where she was a University Senate Member, Tuition Committee Member and Director of Masters and Doctoral Students and was Vice-Chairman of the Department of Theology. One of her interests was pioneering work on courses for online teaching.
On her return to the United States she contributed to the Mundelein Seminary on Teaching and Research Interests. From 2008 she was employed in the Archdiocese of Chicago as Director of the Office for Mission, Education and Animation.
She has published extensively and is a member of a number of academic organisations. In 2006 she was awarded First Place for the 7th Annual Simon Scanlon Writing Award among other notable teaching awards.
She subsequently, due to health reasons, returned to her order in the United States at the end of 2014.