In Memoriam

Sister Patricia McCarty, OP (William Francine)


I have loved my life as a Dominican! I have been surrounded by a cast of characters that would put Dickens to shame. I have witnessed a splendid array of women living out their vocation, imperfectly and individually, in friendship and sometimes in what we Dominicans call “disputation.” Through it all, I observed and became part of relationships of an astounding variety and the countercultural message took root; study, work and success are worthless without the steady underpinning of God and of people who know you and with whom you can be yourself.

Sister Patricia McCarty, who wrote these words near the end of her autobiography, was born on November 11, 1935, in Detroit. She was the first child of William and Frances (Brinker) McCarty, whom she described as “a tall, handsome, kind Irishman with a keen sense of humor” and “a strong, sensible little German lady.” Her brother, Bill, was born when she was three, and when she was nine her sister, Kathleen, came into the family.

Her elementary schooling was at St. Matthew School, where she was taught by the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Sisters. These were happy years, she wrote, but “I was quite a worrier and worked very hard,” always doing everything she could to keep her grades high.

She kept up her high academic standards as a student at Dominican High School, even being inducted into the National Honor Society, but she also got involved in several extracurricular activities, had a busy social life, and made many friends. She also was deeply influenced by the Adrian Dominican Sisters who were her teachers.

Read more about Sister Patricia (pdf)

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Avatar  Philip and Adrianne Lasker 3 years agoReply

Along with great sadness for Sister Patricia's family, this service and the wonderful interview also framed a joyful connection to Sister Patricia and her spiritual journey. Her many accomplishments in life have prepared her for the glories of heaven where our Good Lord is sure to have His arms stretched out to receive His beloved child. We send our love and prayers of peace and comfort to the family. We love you Walt and Kathy.

Avatar  Maureen Miscavish 3 years agoReply

After watching the vigil service for Sr. Lee Cooney, I was intrigued to listen to the interview of Sr. Patricia. Though I did not know her, what a delightful interview of such a delightful person. I was truly drawn to listening to her speak and I wanted her sister and your community to know that though I did not know her, to listen to her speak was inspiring. If we could all be as happy and satisfied with our lives when we turn 80 as she seemed to be. She certainly gives us all something to strive for. Peace and happiness begin in our own hearts and her heart was certainly overflowing. Many prayers for her family and the Adrian Dominican community as they mourn her loss. Thank you for sharing Sr. Patricia's interview, she has now touched a life of someone she did not even know. "To teach is to touch a life forever" - how many lives she must have touched in such a delightful way!

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