Each year at Bishop Feehan High School’s Setting Our Hearts Gala, the school will honor a long-time Catholic education champion or servant as a:
Sister Patricia M Harrington, RSM
Hero of Catholic Education
Bishop Feehan’s highest honor represents the core values of faith, love and family that our beloved Sister Pat lived daily through her dedication to others and her Church. Recipients’ names will be listed on a permanent plaque at the school and remembered especially each year at our Gala.
Appropriately, at our first Gala, our very first honoree was Sister Pat herself, accepted by Sister Pat’s family.
About Sister Pat:
A legend in the Feehan community, Sr. Pat was a math teacher by trade but a counselor, friend, role model, retreat leader, inspiration, lifesaver and so much more for generations of the school’s students. She loved and served all, but was especially drawn to students struggling with life’s many challenges. She had a gift for showing them their value in the eyes of God and challenged them to be defined by their response to adversity, not the adversity itself.
For many students, she was the personification of love and acceptance. Her example helps define what Feehan aims to be today and in the future for all our students.
Sister started her Feehan career as a math teacher in 1969 and served the school in that capacity and more through her passing in 2015. She brought the ECHO retreat to Feehan in the 1970s, a tradition that continues today as a special part of the Feehan experience. Sister Pat was the last Sister of Mercy to serve on the staff at Bishop Feehan.
Sr. Pat’s brother and sisters joined us at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on March 25, 2017 to accept this award.