Sister Patricia Przybylski, 72, schoolteacher

Sister Patricia Przybylski
Sister Patricia Przybylski
Posted: September 04, 2013

Sister Patricia Przybylski, an elementary school teacher, died of respiratory failure at Assisi House in Aston on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the day before her 73d birthday.

Formerly Sister Robert Michael, she reverted to her birth name after Catholic nuns were given that option.

She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 51 years, having entered the congregation in 1959 and having professed her first vows in 1962.

Sister Patricia was born in Baltimore, where she was a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Neumann University in Aston in 1971 and became a certified Catholic chaplain in 1983.

Sister Patricia specialized in elementary education. She spent seven years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, teaching at St. Mary School in Manayunk from 1962 to 1965 and at St. Aloysius School in Pottstown from 1966 to 1970. She also taught at the Blessed Sacrament School in Bally, Berks County, from 1965 to 1966 in the Catholic Diocese of Allentown.

She then returned to Baltimore. Between 1970 and 1979, she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Towson and the Shrine of the Little Flower School, where she had attended elementary classes. From 1979 to 1990, she worked as a pastoral associate at St. Clement Parish in Rosedale, a suburb of Baltimore.

Sister Patricia's most recent role was as a pastoral helper in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. She served from 1990 until earlier this year at St. Andrew Parish in Myrtle Beach. While there, the parish's Women's Club named her the Catholic Woman of the Year.

A Franciscan colleague, Sister Ann Marie Slavin, described Sister Patricia as full of fun. Tall, thin, and an extrovert, Sister Patricia loved to dance and make people laugh.

"Sister Pat was a woman with a great sense of humor and a beautiful, contagious smile," Sister Ann Marie said. "She had a gift for sharing these qualities with everyone - those she met in her ministry and the sisters with whom she shared her life as a Sister of St. Francis."

Surviving are brothers Robert and Michael.

A funeral Mass will be said at noon Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston. A Christian wake service will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by a viewing. Burial is in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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