Sister Patricia A. Murphy, Age 85

West Midwest

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sister Pat grew up on Chicago’s southwest side and attended Saint Clotilde Elementary School and Mercy High School, both staffed by the Sisters of Mercy.

Throughout her formative years, Sister Pat witnessed the dedication, joy, prayerfulness and availability of these sisters as they went about their daily routines. What is it, she would ask herself, that makes these sisters always willing to be present when needed? “I did not know the answer to that question, but I did know that I wanted to share in such a life. I wanted to be one of them.”

In her 67 years as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Pat served in education, administration and health care. Some may remember her as Sister Mary Keverne. She taught in various Catholic elementary schools in Chicago, Illinois, before becoming the principal of Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.

After earning her nursing degree in 1984, Sister Pat remained in Chicago, serving at Misericordia Home South and Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, the hospital where she was born. However, in 1988, she was called to return as principal of Queen of Martyrs until her retirement in 1994. Sister Pat then volunteered as a nurse diabetes educator with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Mercy Family Health Center and Mercy Hospital Diabetes Treatment Center, where she led classes on diabetes self-management skills.

Her religious motto was “One with Christ.”

“Throughout these years in community,” Sister Pat said, “I have learned and lived the Mercy way and now know the secrets of the sisters of my youth: they followed the lead of Catherine McAuley.”

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