Sister Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Marygrove College; a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University; and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Marygrove. She also holds a DMin degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit) and a PhD in psychology from Union Institute in Cincinnati.
She ministered as a teacher in Detroit before teaching in Puerto Rico. She worked in parish ministry in Brazil and as a psychology professor at Instituto Theological de Recife – College/Seminary in Recife, Brazil. When she returned to the United States, she served as a campus minister at Macomb Community College and as a psychology instructor at Marygrove College in Detroit. For nine years, she was the executive director of the Federation of Returned Overseas Missionaries.
She ministered as an adjunct professor/supervisor for Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Ill.) for students interning in Farmington Hills, Mich., and at Michigan School of Psychology as the faculty supervisor for graduate students. At Samaritan Counseling Center in Farmington Hills, she served as a therapist, director of training and associate executive director.
Sister Patricia was first elected to IHM Leadership for the 2012-2018 term of office.