2013 Recipient of the Anselm Moons Award
Franciscan Mission Service is pleased to celebrate Sr. Pat Farrell for her humble and prayerful leadership and her courageous commitment to Gospel living.
Sr. Pat is the past-president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents 80 percent of women religious in the U.S. The LCWR assists their members in furthering the mission of Christ by fostering dialogue and collaboration among congregations, and by initiating and strengthening relationships with groups concerned with the needs of society.
As a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Sr. Pat currently serves as a vice president in the congregation’s leadership. While her early ministries included teaching in high schools and parishes in the U.S., she felt called to serve in Latin America as a missioner.
In 1980, Sr. Pat began her service in Chile during Augusto Pinochet’s violent dictatorship. After spending about five years at a parish, she served in the capital as part of the nonviolent resistance movement. In 1986 Sr. Pat went to El Salvador, where a bloody civil war was raging that threatened the lives of even Catholic religious and lay missioners. She worked in a refugee camp and tried to help resettle residents in the city of Suchitoto by communicating with the military leaders and guerrillas. She also worked as a peacemaker and bridge-builder between Salvadorans divided into factions of the rebel movement.
It is because of this unwavering commitment of service to the poor, advocacy for the marginalized, and faithful living of the Gospel that we honor Sr. Pat.