Sister Patricia Edmiston

Sister Patricia (Pat) Edmiston, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Eastern U.S. Region

Sister Patricia (Pat) Edmiston joined Maryknoll in 1972 from St. Denis Parish, Yonkers, NY. She had graduated as an RN that year from Bronx Community College. Sister Pat was assigned to Nicaragua in 1974. She studied Spanish in Cochabamba, Bolivia before working as a nurse in a Public Health Program in Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua.

From 1978-1979, she did the same type of health promoter program in La Libertad, El Salvador, and was in San Salvador when the military fired on protesters in front of the Cathedral killing thirteen students. On the floor of the Cathedral later, Sister Pat helped prepare the bodies for burial.

During her twenty-five years in Central America, Sister Pat experienced many situations of violence, and was known for her cool head during these moments of crisis. Sister Pat and three other Maryknoll Sisters traveled to El Salvador to attend the funeral of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero. Unbelievably, the military opened fire on the mourners in the plaza. The Sisters ducked under a car until the shooting stopped.

When the Sisters returned to Nicaragua, the war broke out and Sister Pat and six other Maryknoll Sisters took refuge in a school outside León, and remained there six weeks attending to the health and needs of 500 women and children. Sister Pat risked her life more than once and for her heroically generous service, the Paraiso community of León gave her a Diploma of Honor for Distinguished Services to express their gratitude. Sister Pat has served as Director of Nursing Services and as Maryknoll Residential Care Administrator.

She has also used her talents in filming and editing videos for various purposes at Maryknoll and continues to update her skills in this field. In 2013, Sister Pat was elected to be one of the coordinators of the Maryknoll Sisters’ Rogers Community in New York, where her skills with people and technology will be very well appreciated.

In 2016, Sister Pat was assigned to the Eastern U.S. Region.