Sr. Pat’s responsibilities at Assisi House basically involve looking after the needs of the sisters—whether those needs be providing needed toiletries or clothing, accompanying a sister on an emergency trip to the hospital, notifying a sister’s family about a change in health status, scheduling a vigil for a sister who is dying, and—in some cases, contacting family members about a sister’s death. At other times she runs errands for the sisters—going to the post office to mail packages, having watches repaired—any little thing that needs doing.
As in any position, there are challenges. For Sr. Pat, one of the greatest challenges is that she can’t always meet all of the needs of the sisters. At times she tends to get uptight because of that. However, she deals with that frustration by reminding herself to live in the present moment, recalling that God said, “I AM”—not “I was” or “I will be”!