Reflections by Patti Murphy Dohn on the Church, family, grief, saints, and hope amidst the storms in our lives... May you always find that God is in the clouds! 

Patti Murphy Dohn retired in 2014 after 33 years of service as Campus Minister, retreat director, and Religion teacher at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland. Committed to making a difference in the lives of our youth and their families, she has served the school community since 1981. Presently, she continues her ministry through bereavement outreach, coordinating the school's alumni prayer chain, while archiving the school's history.  

Patti was awarded the Medal of Honor in Youth and Young Adult Ministry by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012. She served the Archdiocese on the Screening Board for the Office of Vocations under Cardinal Keeler, Cardinal O'Brien, and Archbishop Lori. She is also a past-board member for the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD. and Saint Margaret School in Bel Air.

Along with writing for "The Catholic Review," Patti is a member of the Catholic Press Association, as well as the Catholic Writers Guild and the Associated Church Press. She is available for speaking engagements, consulting, and retreat work.

Patti and her husband George split their time between their homes in Bel Air, Maryland and Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida.


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 God is good!! All the time!!



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Beautiful story! thank you for continuing to inspire us Patti.


And your BFF didn't know this story? Great article to read. I,can envision it! What an amazing intuition you followed. Someday soon we will talk more!


Thank a Sister: Share your stories of the good Sisters' influence on your life and family

This upcoming Sunday begins the second annual National Catholic Sisters Week. Started in 2013 in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, this weeklong celebration started last March 2014. 

The website for National Catholic Sisters Week explains that the week is “intended to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. It recognizes past and present sisters, from the movers and shakers pressing the frontline of social change to the faithful praying in cloistered chapels."

Calling for your stories:

In an effort to promote the good work of our local Sisters, I would like to hear your stories about the Sisters and the religious communities who influenced you and your families. Your special memories and tributes will be featured next week in “God is in the Clouds.”

My personal gratitude to the Sisters:

I am so incredibly grateful for the influence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia and the School Sisters of Notre Dame which was fundamental in molding me into the woman of faith that I am today. These women are the spiritual heroes in my life. 

Thank a Sister:

Let's honor the faithful women religious who guided you, challenged you, prayed for you, influenced you, and were your mentors and friends.

Deadline Sunday, March 8 by 12 noon:

Email your memories and tributes to me:
Attach a photo if you have one.

Let’s thank the women of faith who shaped and formed us: the good Sisters!! 

Thank a Sister:

Enjoy this video that was made to kick off the 2014 celebration:

The Year for Consecrated Life:

Pope Francis has designated the Year for Consecrated Life, started on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014, and ending on World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. 

Check out the resources, videos, and prayers from the U.S. Bishops website here.

3/3/2015 12:09:27 PM
By Patti Murphy Dohn