“I am thankful to God for calling me here. Thank you to the community for welcoming me.”

I was the ninth of eleven children born to Alfred and Alma Fortier Kennedy. My formal education began at Emerson Public School in kindergarten. The next year I transferred to St. Mary Cathedral School where I remained for the next twelve years, graduating from High School in 1957.

On September 8, 1957 I entered the Grand Rapids Dominican community. Through the years, my ministries have included Food Service, House Mother at a Boarding School, Health Care, Tutoring, and Transportation.

I am grateful for all the blessings I have received during these 60 years as a Sister. God has truly blessed me with great friends, companions, mentors, educators, and Spiritual leaders. I am grateful for the support of my parents, family, community, and many friends.

My ministries have taken me to many places; Aquin Hall, East Tawas, Traverse City, our Marywood Infirmary, St. Joseph Seminary, Gaylord, Essexville, The House of Studies, Marywood, Aquinata Hall, St. Catharine, Kentucky, Harbor Springs Boarding School, St. Augustine Retreat House, Conway, Cass City, Aquinas College, New Kent Homes, Fountain View, Oak Crest, and Marywood Health Center. For all of these opportunities to serve, I say Thank You to God and this Dominican community.

Preparing food for others is my delight.

Sister Pat Kennedy’s gift of preparing large amounts of food to be enjoyed by others was a treasured food service ministry for 25 years. Enjoy one of her favorite recipes: Dill Casserole Bread or Rolls.