Sister Patricia (Pat Ann) Arathuzik

Current Ministry Location: Monrovia, California, U.S.

Sister Patricia Ann, was born in Peabody, Massachusetts in 1942.  She graduated from high school in 1959 and joined the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation the very next year from St. John the Baptist Parish.  Her decision to enter was inspired by Father Thomas Ray, a Maryknoll Priest who had spoken in her parish about his mission with Korean orphans.

In 1969, Sister Pat Ann received her first mission assignment to Korea, where she studied language and culture for two years and then served in various ministries for the next eighteen years.  Among her many apostolates, Sister Pat Ann made home visits to the ill: she gave them injections, cleaned their wounds, bathed them, and cared lovingly for their physical needs.  In addition, Sister Pat Ann served through pastoral and social work, taking Holy Communion to the sick, praying with them, and counseling them, thereby addressing their spiritual and psychological needs as well.

In 1979, she returned to New York and received a certificate as a nursing assistant and Home Health Aide from the Medical Aid Training School in New York City.  After that training, she returned to Korea and worked in a public health program which included outreach for immunization and health education in the villages. Sister Pat Ann also taught high school English, parish Bible studies, and also served as the Communicator and Secretary for the Sisters in Korea.  In this later capacity, Sister Pat Ann wrote Korea Region Newsletters and acknowledged the sponsors and donors supporting them in mission.

In 1987, Sister Pat Ann returned to the Maryknoll Center and worked as the Data Processing Manager until 1991, when she was assigned to Cambodia.  There she studied the Cambodian language and culture and worked in public health field responding to the needs of refugees returning to their country after the Vietnam War.

In 1994 Sister Pat Ann was called back to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve as CLT Secretariat Coordinator until 2000.  In 2001, Sister Pat Ann volunteered for a year to work on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, in Cloquet, MN.  After that, she was called back again to do Congregational Service; this time she was sent to be the Coordinator of the Maryknoll Sisters Retirement Community in Monrovia, CA.  She did this until 2007 when she was again asked to be the CLT Secretariat Coordinator.  In 2015, Sister Pat Ann was assigned back to Monrovia, CA and served as Finance Coordinator.  Today Sister Pat Ann continues to live at the Maryknoll Sisters Retirement Community in Monrovia, CA.