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The Sister Patricia Harrington, RSM Hero of Catholic Education Award

Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P. – President of Providence College – received 2018 award.

Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. — the President of Providence College in Providence, R.I. — was recognized as the second recipient of the school’s Sister Patricia M. Harrington, RSM Hero of Catholic Education Award at Bishop Feehan's annual gala on March 24, 2018.

Fr. Shanley was elected the 12th president of Providence College in 2005 and has overseen a dramatic physical transformation of the Providence campus, while maintaining a focus on mission, faith and serving the underprivileged. 

Additionally, PC’s PACT program (the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers) continues to thrive under Fr. Shanley’s leadership. The program annually trains dozens of new Catholic school teachers and mentors them as they begin their careers in regional Catholic schools.  Since its inception in 2001, the PACT program has introduced 300 young teachers to the vocation of teaching at Catholic schools.

“Bishop Feehan is privileged to award Fr. Shanley with the Sister Patricia M. Harrington, RSM Hero of Catholic Education Award,” Feehan President Tim Sullivan noted. “Sister Pat dedicated her life to Catholic schools and her students, and Fr. Shanley is doing the same. Certainly, Father’s role as president of a college is very different than Sister’s role as a high school teacher, but their impact and their commitment to educating students within a faith- and mission-focused environment share much in common.”

To read the full release, please click here.

About the Award

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.


About Sister Pat

Appropriately, at our first Gala, our very first honoree was Sister Pat herself, accepted by Sister Pat’s family.    

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.


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