Patricia McCluskey, IHM

Mission Councilor


Sister Patricia ministered as a teacher in Detroit before she began 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 in the Detroit area 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/director of training for Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary 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 ministered as a therapist, director of training and associate executive director. At the time of her election to leadership in the IHM congregation, Sister Patricia was the executive director/psychologist at Samaritan.

She hold 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 D.Min. degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit) and a Ph.D. in psychology from Union Institute in Cincinnati. Born in Detroit, Sister Patricia graduated from St. Martin High School.