Sister Patricia Brewer

Sister Patricia Brewer

Wednesday, August 31st, 1927 - Saturday, October 17th, 2020
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Sister Patricia Brewer, formerly known as Sister Marie Christopher, died peacefully at St. Mary Home in West Hartford on October 17, 2020. She was born in Hartford, CT on August 8, 1927. Sister was the daughter of William and Genevieve A. Brewer. She was received into the Sisters of Mercy on June 23, 1952 and professed her Perpetual vows on August 17, 1954.

Sister Pat taught at Saint Joseph Cathedral High School and South Catholic High School before continuing with her higher education at Boston College and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she earned a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife. She was the consummate learner and advocate for the less fortunate.
Sister Pat did post doctoral work at Yale, the University of Illinois,
Trinity College, and the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In 1985 she was appointed Director of the Office of Field Education at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. A lifelong learner, she completed several non-degree studies and study grants that allowed her to travel extensively in and out of the country. She became an Assistant Professor of English at what is now known as the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford before being appointed Coordinator of the Connecticut Catholic Conference. Always an advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, she collaborated with two other Sisters, one from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery and one from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, to found Trust House in the Charter Oak-Sheldon neighborhood of Hartford. The focus was to empower women and children in many areas of their lives.

In addition to her active ministries, Sister Pat authored several publications and research presentations including “Frances Warde and the First Sisters of Mercy” in 1960.
In her later years at St. Mary Home, Sister Pat exhibited optimism and cheerfulness. It was a pleasure to visit with her because her smile and laugh would always make you feel better.
Sister is survived by her brother Edward, his wife Carol and twenty-seven nieces and nephews, who were very special to her. She is also survived by her good friend Kathy Swift and her Sisters in Community. She was predeceased by her siblings, John, Mary, Raymond, Donald, William, and her best friend, Sister Grace Mannion, RSM. with whom she loved to bake chocolate chip cookies.
Sister Pat loved her family and friends deeply. She always took the time to listen and made you feel like you were the most important person in the room. Her love for life was contagious.

The Sisters of Mercy wish to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff on the Baggot Street unit at St. Mary Home for their loving and compassionate care.
Funeral arrangements will be conducted by Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, West Hartford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 22 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, West Hartford. All Covid-19 protocols will be followed. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 25 Prescott Street, West Hartford, CT 06110-2335. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church
    872 Farmington Avenue
    West Hartford, CT
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  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery Sisters of Mercy
    Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
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Mary E. Spellacyacy

Posted at 05:23pm
Sister Pat or Sister Marie Christopher, as I first knew her, was my English teacher at Cathedral High in Hartford in the innocent years before our beautiful cathedral burnt to the ground. Sister Pat was always a smiling, happy lady who listened, encouraged, had us memorize and recite poetry and write! She would ask me, in later years, why I didn't write more. My late husband Larry and I frequented the Brewer House before we married. Sister Pat was there some Saturday nights helping her brothers. Happy memories! It is my belief that they are together with the Lord now, happy and smiling. May He bless us all. Mary ( Ellen Prout) Spellacy )

Eileen Noonan

Posted at 10:17am
My condolences to the Sister's family and the Mercy Community. Sister Christopher was my English teacher at South Catholic. Many times over the past fifty plus years in conversations with friends and in my own studies I would recall something that we read in her class. Because, as it turned out, what we read in her class turned out to be the most important stuff. And daring, too, for mid-sixties Catholic high school. Beckett, Ionesco, listening to a recording of "[you know who's]* Last Tapes." When I taught high school (math, not English) and had my classroom management problems I thought of her as the paragon of classroom management. Not because she was tough, but because she made you think "why would I waste time in her class fooling around?" Her obituary was amazing; she was an academic and a real doer of deeds. A mighty person.
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Marge Banach

Posted at 01:56pm
My deepest sympathy to Sister Pat’s family and friends and to the Mercy Community. I met Sr Pat when I first toured Trust House. Her enthusiasm, positive attitude and deep concern for poor women and children was inspiring to anyone who met her. I worked with her close friend Sr Grace at Mercyknoll, and enjoyed many lively conversations with Sr Pat at Associate events. She was a dynamo and I expect heaven will throw a big party for her to celebrate her wonderful life- with no masks! 😉
Keep smiling Sister Pat. We love you and look forward to meeting again.

Patricia S Banach

Posted at 09:01am
I knew Sr. Patricia Brewer when she was known as Sister Marie Christopher at South Catholic High School in 1966-1967. She was one of the most demanding and best teachers I ever had. Her expectations for her students were high and that meant I worked to the best of my ability to meet those expectations. The result was that when I went on to college I was completely prepared. The level of work I had done in her high school class was already college level work. I am grateful to her for making us all work so hard, though perhaps at the time I did not fully appreciate it! Patricia Shannon Banach

Eileen DelSignore

Posted at 08:45am
We are sorry to learn of Sister Pat's passing. She shared a lunch and dinner table at St. Mary Home with my mother who passed away in January of this year. She was sweet, smart and entertaining always. My mother enjoyed her company and appreciated her assistance with her wheelchair after meals. May this lovely lady rest in peace. Sincerely, Eileen and Carolynn DelSignore.

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