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a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
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St. Louise de Marillac

A Visit with Associate Pat Schloemer

By Associate Vicki Welsh

Associate Pat Schloemer (right) shares and reflects with the late Sister Annina Morgan.

In this issue of the Intercom, we spotlight Associate Pat Schloemer. Pat is the longest living Associate, having made her initial commitment on May 20, 1979, and her lifetime commitment on Sept. 7, 2013. Pat has been an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for 44 years.

On this summer day I arrived at Bayley, an assisted living facility across from the Motherhouse in Delhi, with my lunch in hand. I was hoping we could have a pleasant chat, walking down memory lane. I’ve known Pat since I became an Associate 20 years ago. Here is what I learned.

Pat was born on May 13, 1929, and baptized at Holy Cross in Mount Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio). She attended elementary school at St. Mark’s and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1947. After Pat was married she and her husband located in Price Hill (Cincinnati) and became members of St. William parish. “St. William is the most beautiful church – anywhere!” she says with great gusto. All five of their children attended St. William Elementary School where Pat was the school librarian for 25 years. Her three sons graduated from Elder High School and her two daughters from Seton High School.

Pat cites her earliest connection with the Sisters of Charity came with her aunt, S. Clotilde (Katie) Higgins. She would visit Sister wherever she was missioned. In fact, Pat was able to walk from her grandmother’s house in Mount Adams to the Holy Cross Convent, where S. Clotilde lived for a while. She also came to know all 16 of the Sisters of Charity who taught at St. William and lived on site.

As Pat became involved with Christ Renews His Parish at St. William, she came to enjoy getting to know a group of women who shared their faith and sought the deeper meaning of scripture. Sisters often joined these groups. Pat said, “I was amazed at the stories of their lives in the light of faith.”     

In the early days, Pat says the Sisters would call the women they invited to the Motherhouse auxiliary or co-members. At first it was only about six women with two Sisters who would pray together in a little room set up like a chapel. The Sisters would invite the ladies to special celebrations.   

“Learning about Mother Seton, her love of the Eucharist and sacred scripture, and reading her letters helped me to look at the challenges coming into my life as Elizabeth would have done. What a wonderful model for me,” Pat remembers.

She continues, “I know the Lord led me to this relationship with the Community. I have known the support of the many friends I have made and have felt the power of their prayers offered for me and my family during some difficult times. I have a sense that whatever I do has a deeper meaning because I have joined with other women dedicated to loving and serving our God. My prayer is ‘thank you!’”

On this note, two hours have passed. It is time for me to leave this lovely lady to reflect on the treasured memories she has shared with me. And Pat, I will be back.

Through the years Associate Pat Schloemer (right), with the late S. Irene Luther, enjoyed spending time and volunteering in Mother Margaret Hall.

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