After secondary school, in Sydney, Australia Patricia trained as a secondary school teacher in North Sydney Catholic Teachers’ college and taught in a number of Catholic schools in Sydney then realised that teaching was not her vocation. Nearly twenty years later, with marriage, motherhood and other adventures intervening, she graduated with degrees in environmental planning, resource management. and public administration. Patricia has no formal academic qualifications for giving presentations on Christianity. Patricia and family moved to Dublin from New Zealand in 2000. In 2011 she retired to Monasterevin with her husband Emmet, She has a son, daughter and two grandsons in Dublin. On arrival in Ireland, Patricia worked with An Bórd Pleanála and then the Planning Department of the South Dublin County Council. While living in south Dublin, she attended Mass and lectures at the Augustinian retreat centre in Orlagh, Ballycullen and when the monastery closed Patricia continued her involvement in the emerging eucharistic community, known as Orlagh in the City. Patricia is content to be a laywoman, albeit imagining a new way of being church. Energised by the reformations of the Second Vatican Council, Patricia has been influenced by Liberation and Feminist theologies and more recently by the encyclicals of Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’, Our Common Home’’.


Symposium: June 13