Benedictine Sister Patrice (Patricia) Reed, 88, died Nov. 9 at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. A private Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Monastery on Nov. 13 followed by inurnment of her cremated remains in the monastery cemetery.
Patricia was born Oct. 29, 1932, to Sidney and Cecilia (Nenow) Reed in Mankato, Minnesota, the oldest of four children. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul grade school and Good Counsel Academy in Mankato. She studied at Mankato State College for two years before transferring to the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph for her final two years.
She entered St. Benedict’s Monastery Sept. 4, 1954, and was received into the novitiate June 15, 1955, taking the name Patrice. Sister Patrice made first monastic profession July 11, 1956, and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1959.
Sister Patrice received a bachelor’s degree in home economics with minors in philosophy, education and chemistry from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s degree in textiles and clothing with a minor in home economics education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She also attended St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota and Texas Technical University in Lubbock, Texas, and was certified to teach the Enneagram.
She served as an educator at the College of St. Benedict and Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, was coordinator of the practical arts program, and taught home economics to the sisters in the formation program. At St. Benedict’s Monastery, she helped the subprioress, worked in transportation, assisted and later served as motherhouse coordinator and as physical plant coordinator. Following six years as coordinator of St. Raphael’s Convent in St. Cloud, she attended a renewal program in Dover, Massachusetts.
On her return to St. Benedict’s Monastery, she undertook training and later worked at the College of St. Benedict in computer systems for the college food service and as secretary in the continuing education department. At St. Benedict’s Monastery, she served as Computrition coordinator and supervisor of the sisters’ dining room. Sister Patrice directed the monastery’s volunteer program for nine years, starting in 2000 and then worked in community service. She moved to St. Scholastica Convent in 2017.
Sister Patrice is survived her brothers, David (Shari) and Benedictine Brother Alan, her sister, Rita (Stephen) Buckley, nieces and nephews and the members of her Benedictine community. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Benson Funeral Home. Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict Outreach Ministries.