Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, was William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, emerita, at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, and the author of Conscience and Calling: Ethical Reflections on Catholic Women’s Church Vocations. She was a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and a founding vice-president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology. As chair of the Committee on Women in Church and Society of the National Assembly of Women Religious, she helped to plan the 1975 Women’s Ordination Conference. Her writings on religious, ethical, and literary topics have appeared in many books and periodicals.

She died July 21, 2016.

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