Sister Patricia Ann Arathuzik, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Monrovia, CA
Sister Patricia Ann Arathuzik was born in Peabody, Massachusetts and entered from St. John the Baptist parish. She graduated from high school in 1959 and joined Maryknoll the very next year. Her decision to enter was inspired by Father Thomas Ray, a Maryknoll priest who had spoken to her parish about his mission with Korean orphans.
Ten years later, Sister Pat Ann received her own mission assignment to Korea, where she studied language and culture for the first two years and served in various ministries for the next fourteen. Among her many apostolates, Sister Pat made home visits to the ill: she gave them injections, cleaned their wounds, bathed them, and otherwise cared for their physical needs. Additionally, 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.
During her years of ministry in Korea, Sister Pat Ann additionally worked in a public health program, which included outreach for immunization and health education in the villages. Sister Pat Ann taught high school English and parish Bible studies and also served as the Communicator and Secretary for the Sisters in Korea. In this latter capacity, Sister Pat Ann wrote Korea Region Newsletters and acknowledged the sponsors and donors supporting them in mission.
Then, between 1991 and 1994, Sister Pat Ann was called to respond to the needs of refugees in Cambodia, families returning to their country after the Vietnam War. While there, Sister Pat Anne studied Cambodian language and culture and did medical work.
In 2001, she lived on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, in Cloquet, MN. Sister Pat Ann was then Coordinator of the Sisters Retirement Community, in Monrovia, CA, for six years.
After residing at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York, as the Congregations Leadership Secretariat Coordinator she was assigned to Monrovia, California.