SJA Principal S. Pat Dunphy, CSJ to Retire

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Pat Dunphy RetiresSt. Joseph’s Academy Principal Sr. Pat Dunphy, CSJ is retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Dunphy has served St. Joseph’s Academy for nine years—two as assistant principal and seven as principal.

A Sister of St. Joseph for more than 50 years, Dunphy has spent her entire career as an educator and school administrator. She has served as both principal and teacher in elementary and secondary schools across Missouri, Texas, Colorado and Michigan.

“I have spent the past nine years focused on maintaining St. Joseph’s Academy’s high academic standards. All of us—the administration, faculty and our wonderful students – are dedicated to continuous improvement.”

Dunphy joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1961—the same year she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy’s sister school in Kansas City, St. Teresa’s Academy. “Obviously, the Sisters of St. Joseph made a profound impact on me,” says Dunphy.

“It’s been an honor to stand in the footsteps of my predecessors.  The Sisters of St. Joseph—beginning with Mother Celestine—have been educating young women for almost 175 years. Over the past nine years I have focused on keeping this connection to our roots alive and well. The Sister’s mission of serving the dear neighbor without distinction is at the center of everything we do.”

Dunphy’s retirement plans include creating an association of the 30 Sisters of St. Joseph-sponsored high schools to encourage further collaboration and partnership.  “I want to create a “virtual academy” that will enhance the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet within our member schools.”  

Dunphy says she also plans to accomplish two items that have been on her “bucket list.” “I have always wanted to see the leaves change color in New England—so I am headed to Maine and Vermont in the fall.” She also wants to learn how to play poker. “Mr. Pierce, our theatre teacher, has promised to teach a group of Sisters how to play. We are trying to come up with a clever name for our group!”

While Dunphy is looking forward to the next stage in her career, she is going to miss St. Joe.  I won’t miss getting up early everyday—but I will miss the daily interaction with our wonderful students and faculty.

—Article by Emily Mahon, SJA director of community relations

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