Sister Patricia, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, entered the order after high school, and made her first vows in 1967. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH, and her Masters at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She served in education in Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA, working both as a teacher and an administrator in settings from elementary school to higher education.
She earned her Doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York. She has served in the healthcare field in New York, NY for 20 years. Working as an adult educator and administrator, she is currently employed by Metropolitan Jewish Health System – Hospice, where she provides education and training for a large volunteer corps which serves the five boroughs of New York City.
Sr. Patricia says that she has been blessed with many opportunities for growth in study, community, mission, and spirituality throughout her five decades as a Dominican Sister. She is honored to have been able to impact educational processes for pre-medical students at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York for 15 years.
One of the most memorable moments in her career was when Sr. Patricia was working at St. Vincent’s– just about a mile from Ground Zero, on September 11, 2001. She was part of a team of professional counselors who assisted families and friends of missing persons from the Twin Towers. “I can still at times see the lines of people on pilgrimages to find their loved ones, holding candles … this changed my life,” Sr. Patricia said.