Remembrances

Sister Patricia Brewer, Age 93

Northeast

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sister Pat taught at Saint Joseph Cathedral High School and South Catholic High School before continuing with her higher education at Boston College and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she earned a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife.  She was the consummate learner and advocate for the less fortunate.

Sister Pat did postdoctoral work at Yale, the University of Illinois, Trinity College and the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  In 1985, she was appointed director of the office of field education at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. A lifelong learner, she completed several non-degree studies and study grants that allowed her to travel extensively in and out of the country. She became an assistant professor of English at what is now known as the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford before being appointed coordinator of the Connecticut Catholic Conference. 

Always an advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, she collaborated with two other sisters, one from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery and one from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, to found Trust House in the Charter Oak-Sheldon neighborhood of Hartford. The focus was to empower women and children in many areas of their lives. 

In addition to her active ministries, Sister Pat authored several publications and research presentations, including “Frances Warde and the First Sisters of Mercy” in 1960.

In her later years at St. Mary Home, Sister Pat exhibited optimism and cheerfulness. It was a pleasure to visit with her because her smile and laugh would always make you feel better.

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