Sr. Patricia Hennessey, OP

July 13, 1932 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Sr. Patricia Hennessey, OP Obituary

Dominican Sister of Peace Patricia Hennessey, OP (91), a native of Flushing, New York, died on December 19, 2023, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.  Sr. Patricia is survived by one sister Sr. Frances Margaret (Peggy) Hennessey, MM (Maryknoll, NY) and several nieces and nephews.

A Dominican for 71 years, Sr. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science in Math/Biology from DePaul University (Chicago, IL); a Master of Science in Religious Education from Fordham University (New York, New York) and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction from Weston College (Cambridge, MA).  She ministered as a teacher at St. Luke (Waverly, MA); St. John Berchman (Chicago, IL); Holy Rosary Academy (Louisville, KY); Sacred Heart (Greeley, NE); and Pius X (Lincoln, NE). Sr. Patricia served as Religious Education Coordinator at St. Teresa (Lincoln, NE) and St. Bernard (Omaha, NE).  Sister went on to minister as Director of Novices/Temporary Professed then as Director of Formation in East Boston/Cambridge, MA and in Louisville, KY.   

In 1984, Sr. Patricia was Spiritual Director and Minister to Refugees at Catholic Charities (Louisville, KY).  She also was Spiritual Director and Director of the Vietnamese Program at SS Simon and Jude (Louisville, KY). She went on to provide Spirituality ministry for the Archdiocese of Louisville at Flaget Center (Louisville, KY).  In 1998 she was the Director of the SAGE Resources Program working with the elderly in Louisville, KY.  In 2003, Sister retired but continued to provide spiritual direction and hold spirituality groups until 2009.

In 2009, Sister moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) where she provided community service.

In 2022, Sr. Patricia moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

Arrangements are handled by Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home in Springfield, Kentucky. The visitation begins at 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 27, at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  The funeral will be held at 10:30am, Thursday, December 28, at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Burial will be in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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December 27, 2023

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sansbury Care Center Chapel
2625 Bardstown Rd.
St. Catharine, KY 40061

Funeral Service
December 28, 2023

10:30 AM
Sansbury Care Center Chapel
2625 Bardstown Rd.
St. Catharine, KY 40061

December 28, 2023

St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery
2625 Bardstown Rd.
St. Catharine, KY 40061


Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Dr., Columbus OH 43219-2098

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