Sister Patricia Feehan
Sr Patricia Feehan believes her life as a Sister of Mercy has gifted her with many opportunities which have enriched her ministry in education with beliefs, values and vision.
Born in 1942 at the height of WW2, Patricia completed her Primary education at Yorketown Area School followed by Mercedes College. Then in 1960 it was teacher training at Wattle Park Teachers College, SA, and a teaching career beginning with a Year 4 class at Kingston Area School, SA.
In 1963 Patricia entered the Sisters of Mercy, Angas Street, Adelaide SA. This enabled her to teach a Year 3 class at St Raphael’s Primary School, Parkside, SA. From this beginning with Mercy schools, Patricia continued to teach Years 1-4, predominantly at Mercedes College (of which she was an old scholar). This experience progressed with Patricia being in charge of junior boarders then being second in charge of senior boarders at Mercedes in the early 1970s.
Patricia’s experience and expertise in education is prodigious, working not only for the Sisters of Mercy but also in key roles within the SA Education Department and Adelaide Archdiocese. Her keen intellect and drive have been honed over decades in which she has availed herself of educational opportunities and experiences, notably in the areas of education of handicapped children, early childhood centres in city and rural areas within South Australia and developing child centred catechesis for young children.
Not content with her already vast array of working commitments, Patricia has, over the years volunteered to co-run holiday children’s programmes at Davenport Aboriginal Reserve, Pt Augusta, volunteered as Cook for white missionary workers and priests at Balgo Mission, Kimberley WA and worked to support principals and teachers to establish programmes in newly created child-parent early childhood centres in city and rural areas within South Australia.
Patricia is a fine example of the fact that education should be a life-long undertaking and her Diploma in Teaching (Primary), Sydney Kindergarten Teachers College Certificate, Bachelor of Education Majoring in Geography, Master of Education Majoring in Religious Education and a PhD from various tertiary institutions are certainly testament to that.