Sister Patricia Casey, O.P.
Sister Pat was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Kay and Tom Casey. When Sister Pat was in the third grade the family moved from Missouri to Houston, where she and her four siblings attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. She went on to attend St. Agnes Academy and graduated in 1961.
“My family was always very active in the church and I admired the sisters who taught me at St. Agnes. I felt as if God was calling me, but I was a bit resistant. I worked for two years, but God was persistent.” Sister Pat entered the convent in 1963.
As a teacher, Sister Pat taught elementary and middle school students in several Diocesan schools. She taught at St. Christopher Catholic School in Houston, Texas, St. Charles Catholic School in Beaumont, Texas, St. Mary Catholic School and O’Connell Junior High in Galveston, Texas, and at St. Austin Catholic School in Austin, Texas.
Sister Pat obtained a BA from Sacred Heart Dominican College and a Masters in Educational Pastoral Ministry from Emmanuel College in Boston.
After ten years in the classroom Sister Pat served as Assistant Director of Newman Hall, the Catholic Dormitory for University of Texas women in Austin. This introduction to college students led her to serve as Campus Minister at the University of Houston and Director of Campus Ministry at Lamar University in Beaumont.
“One of the most interesting things I did was serving on the Assumption Seminary Formation Faculty in San Antonio. It was so different from any other assignment I had ever had.” Sister Pat did this work for five years.
For the past 18 years Sister Pat has been serving the Dominican Community in the Treasurer’s Office for eight years and on the Leadership team for ten years. She is currently serving on the Council as well as Director of Vocation Formation ministry.
Pat enjoys reading, studying & dabbling in graphic arts. Most grace-filled moments are visits and meals with family or friends.
“Being a Dominican is about our community. I enjoy the people we meet and being connected with a worldwide order of Sisters in over 100 countries. With technology we can all feel connected.”
Interview with Sister Pat Casey, O.P. on May 7, 2014.