"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

Celebrating Our Jubilarians – Sister Pat Saul

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sister Patricia Saul grew up in St. Margaret of Cortona parish and graduated from Marian High School. She credits her own love of life and of God to the simple, constant, unwavering love that her parents shared with the family.

Sister Pat entered the Sisters of Charity Community on Sept. 1, 1973. “There was never a ‘magical’ moment when I realized that I desired to enter religious life,” she recalls, “rather it was a quiet ‘yes’ which took form several years after high school graduation.” Fifty years after making the decision to enter religious life, Sister Pat celebrates her Golden Jubilee this August.

After formally entering the Community in 1973, Sister Pat continued her undergraduate studies in accounting and with her professional work as secretary/bookkeeper in health-care-related entities. During this time she lived in community with Sisters in various ministries; looking back she appreciates their enriching diversity.

In 1984 Sister Pat went to Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Kentucky, located in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The 39-bed hospital was staffed by physicians of multiple nationalities and local professionals who shared their Appalachian history and lifestyle. She initially served as manager of the mobile outreach clinic before being named associate administrator and CFO. In this role Sister Pat developed her skills and knowledge in teamwork and management. “Life in Kentucky was and remains a gift for me,” she says.

In 1994 Sister Pat returned to Cincinnati to complete her master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University. After graduation in 1997 she ministered at Bayley as outreach coordinator before taking the position of associate administrator at Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility in 2000. The following year she was named administrator, a position she held until retirement in 2018. “These years,” she reflected, “were years of growth and accomplishment. I am grateful to have worked with individuals who shared in the ministry of caring for our elderly Sisters.”

Now in retirement Sister Pat feels deep appreciation for those who took the time and care to mentor, challenge and walk with her. “The multiple ministerial experiences, work opportunities, living situations and travel allowed me to experience life’s fullness,” she says. “I will always be grateful. My prayer is that no matter where we are or what is ours to do – we do it with integrity and faithfulness, knowing that we only can ‘be’ by the grace of God and each other.”

In her free time Sister Pat enjoys volunteering within her SC Community.

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