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Mary (Frances Joan) Pattison, OSB,   Age 96
Visitation Location: St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud,Minnesota
Visitation Date/Time: Monday, July 24, for a Prayer Service at 3 p.m. followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m
Prayer Service Time: Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedictís Monastery.
Funeral Time: The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Funeral Location: Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedictís Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn.
Burial Location: St. Benedict's Monastery Cemetery, St. Joseph, Minnesota
    Mary (Frances Joan) Pattison, OSB
    Saint Benedictís Monastery
    St. Joseph, Minn.
    May 20, 1927 Ė July 18, 2023
     The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedictís Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Mary (Frances Joan) Pattison, who died on July 18, 2023, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Benson Funeral Home. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Monday, July 24, for a Prayer Service at 3 p.m. followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m., or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedictís Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Tuesday, July 25.
     Frances Joan Pattison was born May 20, 1927, to Francis and Theresa (Prueher) Pattison in Eau Claire, Wis. She attended St. Maryís Grade School and Durand Public High School in Durand, Wis., and graduated from Saint Benedictís High School in St. Joseph, Minn. In August 1946, she entered Saint Benedictís Monastery in St. Joseph, was received into the novitiate in June 1947, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1948, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1951. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1997, her 60th anniversary of profession in 2007, and her 75th anniversary in 2023.
     S. Mary received bachelorís degrees in music from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph and from Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wis., and a masterís degree in religious studies from Webster College in St. Louis, Mo. She also studied at Fordham University in New York and Boston College in Boston, Mass.
     Following profession, S. Mary ministered mainly in Wisconsin and became a member of Saint Bede Monastery, Eau Claire. She served in music education at St. Thomas More in La Crosse and at St. Maryís School in Richland Center, Wis. She taught high school religion at Our Lady of Victory Academy at Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Saint Bede High School in Eau Claire and served in pastoral ministry at St. Matthewís Parish in Wausau, Wis., and St. Olafís Parish in Eau Claire. At St. Thomas More Parish, La Crosse, S. Mary served as superior and as subprioress for the religious community at Saint Bede Monastery, as well as being liturgist and organist at Saint Bede Monastery.
     In 2010, Saint Bede Monastery merged with Saint Benedictís Monastery and S. Mary moved back to Minnesota with her community. She lived at Saint Benedictís Monastery until 2016 when she moved to Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn., continuing a ministry of prayer and community living and helping wherever help was needed. Following a decline in her health, S. Mary moved to Saint Benedictís Senior Community, St. Cloud, in 2021, where she resided until shortly before her death.
     In addition to the sisters in her Benedictine Community, S. Mary is survived by her sister, Margaret (+Edward) Hels, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, James (Mary Ann) and Henry (Gayle), and her sisters, Catherine (Hector) Mayheu, Mary (Joseph) McKinnon, Patricia (Lawrence) Hoffman, and Rose (James) Daugherty.
     Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Outreach Ministries.
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