Northeast

Sister Patricia CombiesSister Patricia Combies

60-year Jubilarian

Entered: September 8, 1960 – Cumberland, Rhode Island

Current Ministry: Retired

Motto: To serve in faith and love


These 60 years have been unbelievable! At 18, I threw my lot with a group of women called Mercy. I expected to save the world by answering God's call. Instead I have had opportunities to meet the God in me, to discover the needs of the world around me, and, with women who shared this goal, to be Mercy and try to better the world.

All but six years of my ministry were in education; the other years I served in community leadership. All of it offered me challenges and support for my spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional being. I was privileged to work with and be inspired by women throughout the Mercy community. In my ministry, my first three years in second grade set the fundamental principle that as a teacher I would learn with my students. Community leadership was a humbling experience as I witnessed the dedication and determination of the sisters, associates and co-workers and their devotion to Mercy. The present Journey of Oneness and Critical Concerns offer another opportunity to clearly fulfill our mission.

If you would like to send Sister Pat your congratulations, please sign the Jubilarian guestbook. If you wish to give tribute to her with a gift to the Sisters of Mercy, please click here to donate securely online. An acknowledgement of your gift will be sent to Sister Pat.