SisterPat Kennedy

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.

2022 – 64 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for sick and dying and those who have no one to pray for them

Sister Pat Kennedy tutors adults learning to speak and write English through the Word ESL program, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. She has been tutoring for more than 10 years.

Sister Pat Kennedy (front row, far right) with the Word ESL team

During her ministry in Springfield, Kentucky, Sister Pat called them “the hungry hundred”, the college boarders, 58 Sisters, and the farm and maintenance workers whom she and her 6-person team served three meals a day seven, days a week. On January 15, 1981, she was featured in The Springfield Sun along with a favorite recipe for Dill Casserole Bread.

Sister Pat Kennedy is a member of the transportation ministry for the Sisters at Marywood. She drives and accompanies Sisters during appointments. Here, Sister Pat with Sisters Dorena Gonzalez and Joan Alflen are off to an appointment.

In ministry with Sister Patricia Kennedy, OP

Making a Difference in the Lives of People Who Need You


A Jubilarian Shares Her Story: Sr. Pat Kennedy, OP


Mission & Ministry Spring 2022: Times of Transition


WORD ESL Ministry Celebrates Year 20


Sister Pat Kennedy’s Dill Casserole Bread and Rolls


At Every Age


Graduation Time for ESL