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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Periwinkle
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Little rugrats.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1960
Birth Location:
Jersey City, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Elementary School Principal
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Periwinkle
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Little rugrats.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1960
Birth Location:
Jersey City
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Biography

Sister Patricia Anne Ralph was born on August 15, 1960, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ralph attended elementary and junior high school at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Newark, New Jersey. While attending junior high school, in the eighth grade she decided she would dedicate her life to God and become a nun. In 1979, she earned her high school diploma from Benedictine Academy, a private Catholic school in Elizabeth, New Jersey. While in high school she was a cheerleader, baton twirler and a member of the dance team.

In 1985, Ralph graduated from Jersey City State College where she earned her degree in teaching. This same year she entered the Community of St. Joseph to begin her journey as a nun. There, Ralph became known as “Sister Patty” to her friends and the hundreds of students she’s taught. Currently, out of 1200 nuns, she is the only African American nun in the St. Joesph community.

In 1988, Ralph received and her first teaching assignment at St. Martin De Porres Catholic School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she taught first grade. Two years later, she was missioned to Holy Family Catholic School in Hilcrest Heights, Maryland where she was a first and second grade teacher. The following year, Ralph accepted a teaching position at Holy Name Catholic, School in Washington, D.C. She continued to teach at Holy Name for the next five years until she was named principal, a position she continues to hold today.

In 1994, she made her final vows in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, thus completing her journey to become a nun. Surprisingly, her twin sister, Lynne Marie, decided to follow in Ralph’s footsteps and also became a nun although entering a different community, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Ralph currently resides in Washington, D.C. Her twin sister is also a teaching nun at an elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patricia Ralph interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patricia Ralph's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patricia Ralph remembers her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patricia Ralph remembers her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patricia Ralph remembers her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patricia Ralph discusses her family life, part I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patricia Ralph recalls her childhood environs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patricia Ralph talks more about her family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patricia Ralph reflects on her early school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patricia Ralph discusses her calling to the sisterhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patricia Ralph reflects on her junior high school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Patricia Ralph recalls her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patricia Ralph describes her high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patricia Ralph discusses her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patricia Ralph recounts her college years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patricia Ralph discusses her beginnings with the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patricia Ralph discusses her trials in the sisterhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patricia Ralph describes her coursework at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patricia Ralph discusses her advancement in the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patricia Ralph reviews her career as an educator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Patricia Ralph recalls making her final vows
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Patricia Ralph reflects on her sister's similar occupational choice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Patricia Ralph shares her experiences as an African American nun
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patricia Ralph discusses her tenure as principal of Holy Name School, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patricia Ralph describes the environs of Holy Name School, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patricia Ralph describes interactions with her students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patricia Ralph reflects on her life's course
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patricia Ralph describes life in the sisterhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patricia Ralph discusses her relationship with her students
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patricia Ralph discusses changes in the Catholic Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patricia Ralph discusses her twin sister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patricia Ralph talks more about her life's course
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Patricia Ralph expresses her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Patricia Ralph reflects on how she wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Patricia Ralph shares her thoughts on history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Patricia Ralph considers her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Patricia Ralph reflects on life obstacles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Photo - Patricia Ralph and her twin sister as infants, ca. 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's mother, aunts and uncles, 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's grandparents and uncle, 1920s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's aunt, Daisy Fleming's eighth grade graduation portrait, ca. 1940-1959
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's grandparents, ca. 1960-1979
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's mother on her wedding day, January 29, 1954
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's aunt, Daisy Fleming as a child, ca. 1920s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's great aunt Lila Mae, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's Aunt Lily and her husband, ca. 1940s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Patricia Ralph and U.S. Congressman John Boehner of Ohio at an event dinner, Washington, D.C., 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Patricia Ralph and U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy at an event dinner, Washington, D.C., 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Patricia Ralph with her twin sister on the day of her final vows, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Patricia Ralph with her twin sister and two priests at a conference, 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Patricia Ralph with her superior general at her final vows ceremony, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Patricia Ralph celebrates with other sisters after making final vows, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Patricia Ralph celebrates with family members after making final vows, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Patricia Ralph's grandfather, ca. 1967-1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Patricia Ralph with her mother and twin sister outside of Kless Diner, Irvington, New Jersey