Sr Patricia Coyle: In denial about the call at firstPrint
1. When did you know you had a vocation?
I was about 16 and trying to deny the thought.
2. How did your family react?
3. What was the process like in 1951 of joining the Sisters of Charity?
Pre-The Council of Trent. Difficult.
4. How many joined with you, how many left?
Five entered, one left. She and two others have died.
5 . You were a teacher (in the making) – what were you keen on pursuing?
I really wanted to be a teacher.
6. What is the major difference you see in Religious Life compared to when you first entered
It’s totally different. Normal really.
7. What was your most challenging time?
Couldn’t say. Most of the professional side was a challenge!
8. Was there a time that was more than usually rewarding?
I was very lucky with the Leaders I have had.
9. When people discover you are a Religious sister what is their reaction?
I would usually tell them first!
10. What do you see as the future for apostolic life in Australia?
A move to lay leadership.