Written on: May 8, 2014
Sister Patricia Eileen McKeon was born and raised in Jackson Heights, NY, where she met the Grey Nuns and subsequently followed the path of her older sister, Anne, and entered the community. Pat is an Irish colleen with that merry smile that steals your heart.
She spent much of her life in the classroom and especially enjoyed working with teens in high school at Monsignor McClancy in East Elmhurst, NY. Sister Pat worked in several parishes in the Long Island area as a Pastoral Minister for nine years and for two years in Campus Ministry at D’Youville College. In 2005, she responded to an invitation to utilize her pastoral ministry skills in service to our sisters living at St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook, PA. By her presence with them, they know that, despite their physical distance from the other sisters, they are a beloved and integral part of the congregation.
I cherish many fond memories of all those I was blessed to walk and work with, students, faculty and staff on my various missions. My first mission holds a very special place in my heart. Coming from the “Big City” to the city of Buffalo and experiencing the wonderful people, the beautiful surroundings of water and parks, and arriving at my destinations quickly and without the bustling demands of my hometown which I will always love, the people and city of Buffalo stole my heart. To this day I hear from many and always look forward to having the opportunity of visiting when I can. I hold much gratitude in my heart for my 60 years journey as and with the Grey Nuns. The values given me in my family upbringing are carried out as I strive to live the Marguerite way in caring for and serving others in their needs, striving to be aware of God’s personal love for each of us. No matter what the differences in our culture and social status we are all members of God’s family. An extra bonus in my journey is traveling the same path with my own blood sister, Anne, formerly Sister Joseph Marie, who celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2011.
We will be featuring all of our 2014 Jubilarians prior to the Congregational Jubilee celebration May 17 in Yardley, PA. Collectively these 15 women have served God and His People for 900 years! God Bless them and their families for the gift of their generous hearts and lives.