On December 2, 2020 Sister Mary Patrick Salm breathed her fullness into the abundant love of her life: God. She walked Earth for 90 years with the goodness who she knew as Trinity: One who is Love, Beloved and Lover. And thus she grew in wisdom, grace, service, humor, simplicity and mysticism as our “Sister” Pat!
She was destined to be a lover, for she was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1930, in Chilton, Wisconsin. Her parents, Emma and George Salm, named her Alice Katherine. As she grew in life and Wisdom she chose, at the age of 20, to join her heartfulness with the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – the community in the USA known as the Wheaton Franciscans. Among these sisters she professed her heart to God
with final vows in May, 1956.
Sr. Mary Pat lived and served in Wisconsin hospitals of the Wheaton Franciscans until 1979 when she was called by the Wheaton Franciscan Leadership to be a nursing assistant among her sisters in community at Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse, Wheaton, IL. She accepted this call because she felt rooted in the scripture of Romans 12: 12-16:
“Be glad for all that God is planning for you. Be patient in troubles and prayerful always. When God’s children are in need, you be the one to help them out. When others are happy, you be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrows… enjoy the company of ordinary folk…”
Sr. Mary Patrick lived, loved and grew wise and beloved as she grew into being a mystical woman who enjoyed time with her God, serving others and telling stories, all with a twinkle in her eye and in and with laughter. She was a living Valentine! She wrote that she hoped to be remembered as a happy one who leaves an afterglow of smiles and an echo whispering, “I love you!”
It is so, Beloved Sister! Thank You!