June 6, 1935 – August 8, 2016
Sister Patricia (Mary Sebastian) McGlinn, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 62 years, died peacefully at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland.
One of three adopted children of Richard and Catherine McGlinn, Patricia was born in Seattle, and later attended Notre Dame High School in San Jose. She is predeceased by her brother, Gene McGlinn, and sister, Catherine McGlinn.
At age seven, Pat wanted to become a priest. Instead, she became a Sister of Notre Dame. She entered the community in 1954, and taught in Notre Dame elementary schools in Redwood City, Yuba City, Santa Barbara and Watsonville. She taught secondary school in San Jose, Marysville, San Francisco and St. Francis High School in Sacramento. While in Sacramento she saw firsthand the challenges and dangers that women had to endure when working in the fields. Her involvement with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker movement heightened her commitment to issues of social justice.
Sister Patricia will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed. Special thanks go to the Notre Dame Health Care Team, Ann Comer and Sister Melanie O’Brien, and to those who cared for her with such kindness at Mercy Retirement and Care Center.
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