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Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Hennessey, OP 

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Hennessey, (91), a native of Flushing, New York, died on December 19, 2023, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky. 

Patricia was born to Frances McNally and John Francis Hennessey. A Dominican for 71 years, Sister entered the Congregation in 1952. 

Sr. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science in Math/Biology from DePaul University (Chicago, IL); a Master of Science in Religious Education from Fordham University (New York, New York) and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction from Weston College (Cambridge, MA). 

She ministered as a teacher in Massachusetts, Kentucky and Nebraska and served as Religious Education Coordinator in Nebraska. Sister went on to minister as Director of Novices/Temporary Professed then as Director of Formation in Massachusetts and Kentucky. 

Sr. Patricia later used her gifts to minister as Spiritual Director for people from many walks of life, including refugees at Catholic Charities (Louisville, KY), Vietnamese parishioners at SS Simon and Jude (Louisville, KY), the Archdiocese of Louisville at Flaget Center (Louisville, KY) and the elderly in Louisville, KY.  

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Rose Marie Cummin said, “Sr. Pat was a gentle woman of complex origins, always on a search for a sense of ‘home.’ Over the years and across ministries, she helped so many people find their ‘home.’” 

Sr. Pat was preceded in death by her parents and all but one sibling and is survived by her sister, Sr. Frances Margaret (Peggy) Hennessey, MM (Maryknoll, NY) and several nieces and nephews. 

Visitation took place on Wednesday, December 27, followed by the funeral on Thursday, December 28, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel, St. Catharine, KY. Burial was in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery. 

Memorial gifts in Sister Patricia’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219. 

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