A Sister of Mercy, Pat Smith is the former Chair of the Board of Mercy High School Baltimore, and a Theological Consultant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin Education from Mount Saint Agnes College, Baltimore; her Master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco; her PhD in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. She has taught in high school, colleges and at the graduate level. She was Professor of Theology and Academic Dean at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and served as community theologian for the Sisters of Mercy, Baltimore.
From 2000 to 2008, Pat was Vice-President of the Sisters of Mercy, Baltimore. For eight years, she was Assistant to the President for Theology, Mission and Ethics at Mercy Medical Center. In that role, she worked with managers, staff and physicians to integrate the mission of Catholic Healthcare in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy into every area of organizational life. Returning to Mercy Medical in 2010, she served in Leadership Development of managers and staff.
Pat’s academic interests include the Formation of the Scriptures, Women in Scripture, the Gospels, Sacramental Theology and Mariology. She also speaks on Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Special interests include the Vocation of Teaching, the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Poetry as a Lens into Healing. She is the author of Teaching Sacraments(Michael Glazier, 1985) and numerous articles.