S. Pat McDermott Examines the ‘Call to Holiness’


S. Pat will discuss the call to holiness and how religious women have responded through the years.

Sister Patricia McDermott, president of The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, will present a public lecture on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Little Theatre at Georgian Court University. Sister Patricia McDermott values Georgian Court University’s commitment to the Mercy Core Values and honor towards Catherine McAuley. S. Pat will share her perspective on religious women and how they have collectively responded to the call to holiness. Her presentation comes to GCU as part of the university’s ongoing Year of Faith celebration. With the “Year of Faith: A Call to Holiness at Georgian Court University,” GCU is embracing Pope Benedict XVI’s call for a year dedicated to the renewal of faith with programs and events celebrating the universal call to holiness. The Year of Faith began at GCU on September 25 with a Mercy Day Mass celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. The program offers opportunities for spiritual reflection, sharing of faith, and contemplation of service and vocation for the campus community.

From the SistersofMercy.org
S. Pat served as president of the former regional community of the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1990 to 1998 and as an administrative team member for the previous four years.  She taught English, journalism and religious education at the secondary level for 10 years, and 
has held many board positions in institutions that provide healthcare, education and housing serving with lay colleagues as well as women religious.  She values the commitment to Mercy values that she sees in ministry partners who witness to the spirit of Catherine McAuley and her vision of multiple responses to the needs of those marginalized by our society.

 For more information at GCU and the Year of Faith, contact the Office of Public Information at 732.987.2266.