Patricia (Joan of Arc) Guthrie, IHM

Guthrie_PatriciaSister Patricia was one of six daughters born to Hallie and Olive (Kalso) Guthrie. Born in Detroit Nov. 26, 1924, she was baptized at St. Catherine Church (Detroit). The children attended Guardian Angel Elementary School and graduated from St. Catherine High School. In 1942, Sister Patricia entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and received the religious name, Sister Joan of Arc. Her sister Helen entered the community one year later.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Sister Pat began a career in formal education that would span 38 years. She taught in Monroe at St. Mary and St. John, where she also served as principal; in Detroit at Gesu, St. Francis de Sales and Christ the King, where she also served as principal; and as supervisor of Upper Elementary Schools, Detroit, for seven years. The next five years were spent at Lansing Catholic High School in administration and as principal.

In 1976, Sister Pat was called to community leadership as provincial and co-provincial for the Northwest Province of the IHM congregation until 1982. She was elected by the community to serve on the IHM Leadership Council from 1988 to 1994.

After a well-earned sabbatical year, Sister Pat became an assistant in the Office of Christian Education, Archdiocese of Detroit. Working closely with Msgr. John Quinn and Superintendent Frances Nadolny, OP, Sister Pat enjoyed this fruitful and challenging ministry for nine years.

In 2004, Sister Pat retired to the IHM Motherhouse. She was a dedicated volunteer for works of justice, peace and undoing racism, as well as lector, Eucharistic minister and evening prayer leader. She entered the Health Care Center in 2012.

Sister Pat is survived by her sisters, Mary Calder and Joan Rybinski; many nieces and nephews; and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her sisters Helen (Agnes Rita, IHM), Janette Crawford and Geraldine Dorey.

Read her Remembering.