Ursuline Sister Pat Lynch was honored April 15, 2016, for her many years of service to the Lakemary Center during the Lakemary Celebration held at the Armacost Car Museum in Grandview, Mo.
The Lakemary Center began in 1969, when the Ursuline Sisters of Paola, Kan., came together with parents, community members and friends to create a safe, nurturing environment for children with developmental disabilities. The Ursuline Sisters donated 32 acres of land for the facility. The Ursulines of Paola merged with the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 2008.
Sister Pat was presented with framed pictures of the Lakemary Center, with a note that read, “In tribute to the vision of our founding friends who dreamed of a better life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Thank you for your faith and friendship which has sustained us throughout our first 50 years.”
As she accepted her gift, the audience gave her a standing ovation, said Sister Kathleen Condry, who attended the event with her.
Sister Pat served her first 15 years in ministry at Lakemary. She was a speech therapy aide (1971-72), speech pathologist (1974-81) and education coordinator (1981-86). She continues to serve on the board of Lakemary, while ministering as office manager/campus minister at the Didde Catholic Campus Center at Emporia State University, in Emporia, Kan.
Sister Pat was elected in December 2015 to the leadership Council for the Ursuline Sisters, so she will be moving to Maple Mount this summer, and will be installed into office July 17.