A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister Patricia (formerly Sister Margaret Rose) Hummel was celebrated Aug. 6, in the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Sister Pat, 91, died July 30 at Spring View Hospital, Lebanon, Ky. She was in the 73rd year of her life as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross and an educator for nearly 50 years.
Born and raised in Louisville, Sister Pat entered the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross in 1946 from St. Benedict Parish in Louisville. She received the habit and took the name Sister Margaret Rose in 1947. Sister Pat earned her bachelor’s degree in education, with a minor in philosophy, in 1957 from Webster College in St. Louis. She earned a master’s in history in 1969 from Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and an LPN degree in 1980 from Jefferson Community College in Louisville.
In the St. Louis Archdiocese, Sister Pat taught school at St. Catherine in St. Louis (1952-57), Mary, Queen of Peace in Webster Groves (1957-58), Immaculate Conception in St. Louis (1958-65) and St. Ann in Normandy (1965-66). Elsewhere, she taught from 1979 to 1995 in the Jefferson County, Ky., Public School System, choosing to work in public schools that predominately served African-American students. She also taught in Denver and in Fairdale, Ky., where she served as superior and principal at St. Jerome from 1966-71.
Burial was in the Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery.