Sr Patricia Donlan

I come from Eccles in Manchester, and for most of my life have lived out my faith as a member of a religious community, the Vocation Sisters. I’ve helped people discern their vocation and worked in a variety of ministries with individuals and groups in the UK and in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, in the USA.

What brought me to Nottingham was my first appointment after qualifying as a social worker. I worked in the child protection team in the City here for some years before joining an independent fostering agency, finding and supporting foster carers for a wide range of children and young people with special needs. I met some wonderful children and supportive foster carers in this demanding area of work.

After retirement from social work I was able to give time to parish work, a new chapter in my ministry as a Vocation Sister. The parish is the context in which most of us are introduced to a life of faith through family, school and church. It continues to be a learning setting for us all as we work together to know God and one another through practical care, community building and worship.

Having time to be involved in parish life has led to being able to share in a number of ministries and to serve on the Parish Council in order to help build and maintain our faith community. It is a privilege to serve as a Governor of Our Lady & St Edward’s School and to work as a member of the SVP and the Live Simply group. I am also a catechist, assisting First Communion preparation and the RCIA programme.

In our liturgies I am a Eucharistic Minister and Reader and take Communion to individuals on home visits. Beyond the parish, I spend one day a week as a volunteer and chaplain at the Nottingham Hospice.
I feel privileged to be able to work in the parish and to be part of the new area project.