“Along with (the) call to worldwide mission Maryknoll enables me to live a relationship with the Lord, the essence of religious life.”
Sister Patricia Hafey was born in Long Beach, New York and entered Maryknoll in 1951. She received her Bachelors Degree in Home Economics from the College of St. Elizabeth. Sister Patricia began her life as a Maryknoll missionary by teaching, first in the Bronx and then in New York City’s Chinatown. When sent to Hawaii in 1955, Sister Pat continued teaching for another eight years, at which point she was assigned to Tanzania.
Deeply dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel, Sister Pat would have liked to plunge immediately into religious education. She first taught, however, for several years at the Rosary Secondary School in Mwanza, instructing the students in everything from sewing to Cambridge exam preparation. During this time Sister Pat lived and worked with local families, nurturing the Christian community and ministering to the people in deeply personal ways. Then, when the Rosary School was nationalized in 1973, Sister Pat shifted from teaching to parish work. On returning to Tanzania after a two-year fundraising and mission-awareness assignment in California, she was at last able to give primary focus to catechesis. Sister Pat’s years of missionary work had truly shaped her as an individual, and the woman finally assigned to teach religious education was thus all the better able to convey Christ’s love to others.
After a pair of brief assignments in the United States, Sister Pat set out one last time for Tanzania, where she dedicated herself to family ministry until her final trip home in 1991. Sister Pat then volunteered in Residential Care for two years before retiring to Monrovia. Recently Sister Pat returned to the Maryknoll Center in New York where she remains retired as well as an active member of the Chi-Rho community.