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Oct 28, 2022

Sister Patricia Crowley, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, has served her own community as sub-prioress and prioress – and the greater community in leading non-profit organizations serving women, families, and people experiencing homelessness. Currently she is the board president of Bethany House of Hospitality, which shelters young women seeking asylum in the US. She also recently started a position with the Religious Formation Conference’s Together program for young women religious. In recognition of her leadership in Chicago, she was awarded three honorary doctorate degrees: one from Chicago Theological Seminary (1998), a second from Elmhurst College (1998), and a third from St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, IN (2011).

Show Notes

(04:28) An early call to social justice

(05:46) All in the family

(09:13) Why the Benedictines?

(15:40) Pre- and post-Vatican II

(26:07) Transitioning from teaching

(28:51) The joys of administration

(30:55) The year of traveling sabbatically

(36:46) Like mother, like daughter

(44:37) Election

(47:14) Into Africa

(48:08) Bethany House of Hospitality

(50:50) The Together program

(53:31) Building community

(55:18) Coming to Bethany


Bethany House of Hospitality

Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

Religious Formation Conference

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