Sister Patricia Przybylski, who worked in pastoral ministry at St. Andrew, dies

ASTON, PA.—Franciscan Sister Patricia Przybylski, formerly Sister Robert Michael, died on Aug. 27 in Assisi House, one day before her 73rd birthday. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 51 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 3 in Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel and the burial was in the convent cemetery.

Sister Patricia was born in Baltimore, Md., where she was a member of Shrine of the Little Flower parish and a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the congregation in 1959 and professed her first vows in 1962. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Neumann University in Aston in 1971.

Sister Patricia was in elementary education for many years but had served in parish ministry since 1979. She became a certified Catholic chaplain in 1983.

Sister Patricia served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for seven years. She taught at St. Mary School in Manayunk from 1962-1965, Blessed Sacrament School in Bally from 1965-1966 and at St. Aloysius School in Pottstown from 1966-1970.

During a 20-year period in her native Baltimore, Sister Patricia’s work included teaching at Immaculate Conception School in Towson from 1970-1972 and at Shrine of the Little Flower School from 1972-1979, where she had attended elementary school. From 1979-1990 she worked as a pastoral associate at St. Clement parish in Rosedale.

She spent the past 23 years in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., where she served in pastoral ministry at St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach from 1990-2013. She was honored as Catholic Woman of the Year by the parish women’s club.

Sister Patricia is survived by her brothers, Robert and Michael Przybylski, their families, and her Franciscan family.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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