Sister Patricia Chappell

Sister Patty is a native of New Haven, Conn. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social work, then a master's from Catholic University of America's National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, D.C. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1977 after years as a community organizer.

Sister Patty has worked for decades in nonviolence and anti-racism work. She was the full-time president of the National Black Sisters' Conference from 1996-2001 and is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Trinity University in Washington, D.C. For nine years, she served as Executive Director of Pax Christi USA.

She currently serves as the moderator of the Leadership Team for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur U.S. East-West Province.

Click here to read a profile of Sister Patty published when the Leadership Conference of Women Religious named her the recipient of the LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award.


  1. Sr Patricia, I am the Social Justice and Outreach Minister at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Arlington, VA. I would like to know if you would come speak during lent, 2020 about Racism. My theme for our stone soup supper is Problems in America and I don't think there is a bigger problem than racism. We offer a modest honorarium and can give you six dates to select from in order to accommodate your schedule. I would be very grateful for your consideration. We are a church founded by 7 black families who wanted a church of there own because of the treatment in the 1940's of black people in Arlington even in the Catholic church.

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