Aston, PA—Sister Miriam Patrice Hausman, OSF, 77, died in Assisi House on February 6. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 56 years. Sister Miriam Patrice was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Parish and a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1956 and professed her first vows in 1959. Sister Miriam Patrice earned a B.A. in History from Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania; an MST in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire; an M.Ed. in Secondary Counseling from the University of Shippensburg; and a Director/Specialist for Older Adults from St. Mary of the Woods. In 2005 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Allentown Central Catholic High School. Her ministry was dedicated to elementary and secondary education, and in pastoral ministry—particularly in gerontology.
Sister Miriam Patrice ministered for 31 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at St. Benedict School (1959-1961) and Resurrection School in Chester (1962-1967). She served as administrator of Assisi House in Aston (1982-1989), director of social services at the Care Pavilion in Philadelphia (1990-1992), and pastoral assistant of St. Cyril and Methodius Parish (1999-2008). Since 2008 she has been coordinator of Queen of Peace Convent, an independent living residence for the Sisters of St. Francis.
Sister Miriam Patrice also ministered for 15 years in the Diocese of Allentown. She taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Bally (1961-1962) and Allentown Central Catholic High School (1967-1978, 1979-1982).
Sister Miriam Patrice’s ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included serving as administrator of St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, a retirement residence for the Sisters of St. Francis (1992-1998).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Friday, February 13. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial at will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Miriam Patrice is survived by her niece, Lisa Helt, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.