Sister Mary Philip Patin

Celebration of life for Franciscan Sister Mary Philip Patin

Sister Mary Philip Patin died on April 28 at the age of 93. A private burial took place in Resurrection Cemetery on May 1, 2020. There will be a memorial Mass and celebration of Sister’s life at a later date.

Born in Sand Lake, Michigan, Sister Patin entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1948 and made final vows in 1953. She ministered as a teacher, principal, teacher aide, and organist. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Sr. Mary Philip served at Immaculate Conception School in Augusta, Holy Family School in Port Hudson, Holy Ghost School in Berkeley, St. Pius X School in Glasgow Village and St. Blaise/Holy Spirit School in Maryland Heights. She also served in Louisiana, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio and West Virginia,

Sister Mary Philip was known as an excellent seamstress having made many beautiful chasubles for the priests at parishes where she ministered. She was also known for sharing her Franciscan joy and sweet sense of humor, whether it be with her students on the playground, with those in her prison retreat ministry, or in her later years with those giving and receiving care at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. She was one of ten children and is survived by her brothers, Fred and Peter Patin.

Memorial gifts to honor Sister Mary Philip may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help through the website,, or by mail to Tau Center, 335 S Kirkwood Rd, St Louis, MO 63122.