Sister Paula Patrice Michaud, baptized Esther Jane, was born in Loveland, Colorado. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1943 and was received into the novitiate in 1944. She received a bachelor’s degree in French/education from Fontbonne College in 1956 and a master’s degree in elementary education administration from the University of Colorado in 1972.
Sister Paula Patrice began her 70 years of service teaching at St. Matthew the Apostle in St. Louis for seven years. She then taught at Holy Cross Grade School in Champaign, Illinois, in the early 1950s.
In 1956, she began 10 years of beloved service in the Diocese of Honolulu. She taught at Christ the King Grade School on Maui, was principal and teacher at Holy Rosary Grade School on Maui, and taught at St. Anthony Grade School on Oahu.
After leaving Hawaii, Sister Paula Patrice served 16 years in Denver. She began teaching at St. Catherine of Siena Grade School, then was principal and teacher at St. Patrick Grade School, and finished her service in Denver as principal at St. Catherine of Siena Grade School.
In 1982, Sister Paula Patrice began 24 years of service in the Diocese of Tucson. She ended her ministry of education as principal at Our Mother of Sorrow Grade School in 1986 and began nearly 20 years in health care at St. Joseph Hospital in the medical library. She celebrated both her 50th and 60th Jubilees in Tucson and remembers her time there fondly.
She retired to St. Louis in 2006 where she serves in volunteer ministry for her CSJ community and works at the front desk of the motherhouse.