Although losing my identity as an Edmonds Dominican Sister was a death experience, it was quickly replaced by my resurrection/new life experience of becoming an Adrian Dominican Sister. I have not lost my community, but gained a larger one!
These words were written in Sister Patrice Eilers’ annals for 2004-2005, a year after the merger between the Adrian and Edmonds Dominican communities took effect. And although Sister Patrice spent the rest of her life in Washington – the state where almost all of her seventy years of religious life took place – her writings indicate a constant sense of the new community that becoming an Adrian Dominican Sister had brought her.
Patricia Mary Eilers was born on April 24, 1928, in Seattle, to John (also known as Jim) Fred Eilers and Marie Ethel (Anderson) Eilers. John was born in Le Mars, Iowa, and grew up on a farm in South Dakota. Marie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from the age of six lived in Seattle.
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