Sister Patti Baca made her perpetual profession of vows on Saturday, May 7, in the chapel of Mercy Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The ceremony was attended by Patti’s aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends from both St. Louis and Monroe, Michigan (where she lived before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 2013), and viewed on livestream by sisters across the Institute. Father Christopher Kirchgessner, OSB, the celebrant, opened the liturgy by telling those assembled, “We celebrate our faith, celebrate our family, and we celebrate you, Patti, who are a gift of Mercy.”
Also in attendance were the Sisters of Mercy’s Institute Leadership Team and Sister Rose Weidenbenner, Patti’s incorporation minister. In her remarks during the ceremony, Sister Ginger Andrews asked the congregation, “Is there anything Patti Baca cannot do?” and answering that the only thing Patti could not do was resist “the irresistible voice of her shepherd.” Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, after Patti made her vows, the sisters present in the chapel welcomed Patti with a namaste greeting.