“All will be well. And all manner of things will be well.” ~ Julian of Norwich
The ten years since my 50th jubilee have passed quickly; filled with joyous events, sorrowful events, and many ordinary days. All of the days have been filled with “the glory of God” as I travel on life’s joyful pilgrimage with God, with my Dominican Sisters, my birth family, and my friends.
I entered the congregation on September 8, 1962, the summer after graduation from S.S. Peter and Paul High School in Saginaw, Michigan. I have served in a number of different ministries; primarily as a librarian and bookstore manager. I also ministered as a Pastoral Associate in two parishes; S.S. Peter and Paul in Ionia, Michigan and at St. Agnes in Flint, Michigan.
Through all my years in community, I participated in organizations that are committed to peace and justice, on congregational committees such as Global Concerns and Culture of Peace, and as a member of Pax Christi USA/Michigan/Grand Rapids.
These past ten years presented two major challenges. We moved from the large Marywood Motherhouse to the smaller building on campus. In my role as our congregational Librarian, I had the task of moving our Motherhouse library from the “old” Motherhouse building to the “new” Motherhouse. This task was a huge undertaking primarily because the library collection had to be reduced to a much smaller collection.
The second challenge was moving from a Marywood apartment to a new apartment at 601 Spring Avenue NE. My tasks included deciding which furniture to move, packing, tagging furniture and boxes.
Travelling on in new settings.
2023- 60 Years a Sister
Pray for the peace of Christ for the world
Sr. Mary Pat at the new Marywood Community Libary.
Sister Mary Pat reads the proclamation from Mayor Rosalynn Bliss declaring Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary Pat coordinates the annual Interfaith Peace Service at Dominican Chapel at Marywood.
Sister Mary Pat Beatty celebrating her 50th Jubilee in 2013 along with Mario Pavoni, OP (left) and Anne Breitag, OP (right).