Sister Pat Murray, chief entertainer at many a Maryknoll party, has also witnessed the horrors of war and the disappearances and assassinations of close friends.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Sister Pat Murray joined Maryknoll in 1959. She spent her first years as secretary to the Father General of the Maryknoll Society and received a B.S. in community service from Rogers College before her assignment to El Salvador in 1969. Sister Pat worked with communities, youth and women’s groups in San Salvador, the country’s capital.
After earning an M.S. in counseling from the University of Georgia, Sister Pat ministered in a small town in Nicaragua during Somoza’s dictatorship in 1975. Urged by the town’s catechists, Sister Pat and other Maryknoll missioners helped teenage girls escape from prostitution. She helped the girls find other work in the region. Years later, Sister Pat would go to Albany, NY, to call for increased penalties for human traffickers.
In Leon, she worked in a housing project until she and six other Maryknoll Sisters found themselves caught in the crossfire of the final offensive during the civil war in 1979. They took shelter inside a half-finished school and organized this refugee shelter for 400 people for seven long weeks. After the war, Sister Pat worked on a pastoral and mental health team in Leon and also supervised the work-study program at a medical college.
Returning to New York, Sister Pat managed our computer services office at Maryknoll while serving as a senior counselor at the Putnam-Northern Westchester Women’s Center.
She then worked as the retirement and renewal coordinator for the Maryknoll Sisters until 2015.