Patricia Ann Haley, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

November 27, 2018

Patricia (“Pat”) Ann Haley, SCN, 73, was born in Columbus, GA. She died on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Nazareth, KY. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 52 years.

In September 1963, Sister Pat entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as the Congregation’s first African American postulant and was the first African American Sister to serve in the Archdiocese of Louisville. She is a founding member of the National Black Sisters’ Conference. She continued to be a vital and inspirational member of the Conference until her death, attending the 50 year anniversary celebration in New Orleans this past August.

Sister Pat served in educational ministries as an elementary school teacher at St. Ladislas in Columbus, OH and in Louisville at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Thomas-St. Vincent. From 1970-1981 Sister Pat served in parish ministry at St. Benedict Church in Louisville. She spent eighteen years in ministry in Philadelphia, PA serving the Mariyama Vocation Center and as coordinator of the Spiritual Enrichment Program for the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans. She also served for many years in pastoral/social ministry in St. Petersburgh, FL before returning to Nazareth, KY in 2011.

Throughout her 52 years as a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, she attended especially to the African American community, serving with her gift of spirit, her dynamism and her gift of song.

Sister Pat is survived by her sister, Gladys McGee of Birmingham, AL, her extended family, and by her religious community.

Wake will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, KY.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, KY. Burial will be in Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Houghlin Greenwell Funeral Home 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, KY 40004. Memorials may be offered to Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.


  1. Father Rey Taylor

    It is with a sense of bitter sweetness, that I have received word of the passing of our Sister Patricia Ann Haley, SCN.
    I was blessed this past summer. To have seen Sister at the 2018 Joint Conference in New Orleans. LA.

    This was a glorious and blessed time in celebration of the last 50th years of our journey together as a people of faith.

    As Sister Patty joined in the Second Line Dance. As a reminder. That we all want to be in that number when the saints go marching in.

    Sister Patty will truly be missed!

    Good and faithful servant!

    Rest In Peace!

    March on Sister Patty! March on!

    Father Rey Taylor, pastor and the People of God at St. Joseph Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.

  2. Ella Simmons

    She was my heart and my idol I loved her dearly I will always remember sr P at a at retreat for women at crucifixion in Jacksonville Flatelling us we must not be discouraged we have God to see us through if God is for us we have come this far by faith

  3. Pam Harris

    I was not as close to Sr. Pat as so many others but she touched me in a way that renewed my service in ministry. Our prayers to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as they mourn the loss of another dedicated servant. Condolences on behalf of Ethnic Ministries of the Diocese of Columbus to Sr. Pat’s family.

  4. Dale Brown

    I spent many fond days and evenings with Sr. Pat as she ministered in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. She has been greatly missed since she left us to return to Kentucky. Condolences on behalf of the Black Catholic Ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to Sr. Pat’s family and community of Sisters.


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