Retired CDP Sister loves volunteering in Selma

Published 7:27 am Thursday, April 6, 2023

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A retired Congregation of Divine Providence Sister has found an opportunity to stay active in the City of Selma.

Sister Virginia Patrick is The Selma Times-Journal’s volunteer of the week.  She volunteers in the Bosco Nutrition Center and cooks meals at Good Shepherd Community Center in Mosses.

Patrick, 82, arrived to Selma last September after the residence  for women she ministered in New York closed. Patrick retired and chose Selma to relocate because she knew someone in the Queen City, Mary A. Cashman, C.D.P. , who heads education programs at the Edmunite Missions.

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“When the residence closed, it meant that I would be moving,” Patrick said. “Selma was one of the places offered to me. I chose it because I know Mary. I also chose Selma because I wanted to volunteer among poor people.”

Patrick said she enjoys splitting her time between Selma and Lowndes County.

“I am very happy to work at Bosco’s and the Good Shepherd,” Patrick said. “I’ve worked physically my whole life.”

Edmunite Missions President and CEO Chad McEachern said Patrick has made strong contributions since her arrival.

“Sr. Ginny has been such a great asset to the Missions since her arrival,” McEachern said. “Whether she’s in the Bosco Nutrition Center or at our Good Shepherd Community Center in Lowndes County, she always has a smile on her face and her spirit of compassion is undeniable. She is truly one of God’s special blessings to the Missions and to those we are called to serve.”