Sister Patricia was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1968. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary schools mathematics from Fontbonne College in 1972 and master’s degrees in education and social work from Washington University in 1980.
Sister Pat began her ministerial work during her college years as a volunteer and full-time childcare worker/houseparent at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in St. Louis from 1972-1973. She taught the next five years at Most Holy Rosary Grade School. In 1980, after earning her master’s degrees, she was a social worker/youth minister for Catholic Charites of St. Louis and worked for the UJIMA Youth Program, a retreat program sponsored by the Catholic Youth Council, serving teens in the African-American community of St. Louis. She served as director of the program from 1984 to 1991.
Sister Pat went on to serve her CSJ community as the vocation education director at the St. Joseph Provincial House from 1991 to 1997. After a brief sabbatical, Sister Pat served an additional year at the St. Joseph Provincial House in vocation education ministry.
In 1998, Sister Pat began her ministry as the youth ministry coordinator at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, now Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish, where she continues to serve today. During this time, Sister Pat has also served her CSJ community as the director of temporary professed from 2010 to 2013 and 2014 to the present.