Sister Patricia Desaulniers, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Born in Boston, MA, Sister Patricia Desaulniers entered Maryknoll in 1946 from Wiliamsport, PA. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Maryknoll Teachers College in 1952, she was assigned to Pusan, Korea. She then studied Korean for one term at Yale Institute of Far Eastern Languages, New Haven, CT, followed by over three years in Pusan, her main responsibility was teaching Korean grammar to Sisters newly arriving at the mission.
In 1956, Sister Patricia (best known as ‘Sister Pat’) began her eighteen-and-half year ministry in the Philippines, teaching in and administering Catholic secondary schools. After twelve years of this ministry, she studied for an MS in sociology at Asian Social Institute, Manila. After defending her thesis and graduating, she taught a course, Sociology of the Future, twice at the Institute. While studying, she also served on the congregation’s Philippine Region Governing Board with responsibility for the Region’s research and planning effort.
In 1974 Sister Pat returned to Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY, and worked as a writer in the Communication Office for two years. After this she was assigned to Maryknoll Sisters U.S. Eastern Region. She served in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky and Tennessee in pastoral work, as social worker designate in a small nursing home, doing home-to-home research along a ten-mile stretch of unincorporated settlements, and with a project to get water and sewage systems to the area.
In 1979, because her mother had fallen and needed her support, Sister Pat returned to Williamsport. The family ministry lasted for over twenty years. During this time Sister stayed close to her Maryknoll Sisters in the Region and at the Center. She served on the Regional Governing Board and also was responsible for the Regional newsletter. At times she substituted at St. Joseph’s School which she had left forty years earlier.
In 2000, when her 104-year-old mother became a patient in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters’ Nursing Home, Scranton, PA, Sister Pat returned to the Center. Her sister, Sister Eleanor, was lovingly responsive to their mother’s needs for the next two years of her life. For nine years Sister Pat volunteered as business manager for the Maryknoll Mission Institute. She retired in 2009 and is now a happy, cheerful and generous member of the Maryknoll Sisters Center.