Sister patricia o'bryan, M.P.S., M.S.
Founder / Executive Director Edelweiss House
One of 14 children of Irish Catholic parents throughout her life, she has been devoted to helping children and families. She entered the convent during her senior year of high school and was given the name "Sister Mary Xavier" after a deceased Mother General of the community.
Sister is well educated with a Double Masters in education and Pastoral studies.
After much prayer and a week's retreat at the Trappist monastery ... the decision was made, by the grace of God, that Sister Patricia O'Bryan (Sister Pat to most) was to continue her work for the children, thus requiring her to leave the Sisters of St. Joseph in order to continue the Mission to help needy children through Edelweiss House, which she founded and currently directs. With the permission of Arch-bishop Buechlein, OSB, Sister Pat renewed her vows in the witness of her parish pastor.
While not a Sister in the traditional sense, that is, living with a group of vowed women, she lives the vowed life and fulfills the Mission to care for needy children, teaching them "life skills" to become the best person they can be. As these children are reunited with their parent(s), they are better prepared to meet the challenges in their little world having some powerful "tools" and knowing that God loves them and is with them.
Vowed in the trenches, Sister Pat is making the difference in the lives for Kids and Families with her "Teaspoon of sugar vs a Tablespoon of vinegar" philosophy and way of life.
Our World is changing in ways
we would not have imagined in the not too distant past. . .
Thank God He has His eye on us. Let us pray together, separately, for those who have lost their way, those who are searching for the way back to Him, and for those have given all in Jesus name
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 COR 2:9-10
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:33-35
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:2-3
"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom." Psalm 145: 3