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Sister Patricia Edelen

Sister Patricia is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Pat entered our Community one year after she graduated from Mt. St. Agnes High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the George Washington School of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C., and completed her pharmacy internship at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York.

Sister’s first mission assignment was to Hospital Nuestra Senora de Coromoto in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where she served for 9 years as pharmacy director, and for 3 years as hospital administrator. She returned to the U.S., and spent 4 years as assistant chief pharmacist at Holy Family Hospital in Atlanta. She then relocated to our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia, and served as our Personnel Directress for 2 years.

In 1974, Sister Pat began working in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, as staff pharmacist at the Chatham County Memorial Hospital. She later moved to Lumpkin, Georgia, where she assisted Sister-Doctor Jane Gates with her medical practice and also worked part-time as the pharmacy director of Stewart-Webster County Hospital of Richland. In 1980, she spent 3 months in Thailand, ministering to Cambodian refugees.

When Sister Pat settled back in Philadelphia, she began a term on our Eastern District Assembly, and also served in parish social ministry in North Philadelphia. She became the Services/Facilities Coordinator of the Administration Building at our Philadelphia headquarters. She explains, “This ministry put me in contact with our employees, as well as numerous outside groups, and different vendors.”

Now serving as our Hospitality Coordinator in Philadelphia, Sister Pat shares, “Mission for me means to be an active presence of Christ the Healer in a world that often rejects the very ones whom we are called to serve. It means caring enough for others that we take the risk of going where we have never been before and trying daily to reflect the compassion of Christ.”

May 15, 2010