Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletSeptember 24, 2017

Sisters' Stories

Sister Patricia Poulin, CSJ (Sister Miriam Clare)

Quartet of Vocations Came from One Family

by Adam Rossi, Staff Writer, The Evangelist, Diocese of Albany, NY, December 2009

To say that faith is a big factor in the lives of the Poulin family would be an understatement: of six children in the family, four entered religious life. 

However, outsiders are dead wrong when they “think we sat around and prayed all the time,” remarked Sister Patricia Poulin, CSJ. “We did more laughing then anything else.”

Natives of Amsterdam, NY, the Poulin siblings were very close. That the majority of them chose religious vocations is a testament to their parents, according to Sister Patricia, the eldest.

“We had a wonderful family life,” she said. “Our parents brought us up well and were a wonderful example.”

Sister Patricia, who now resides in Binghamton, NY, was the first sibling to enter religious life. In 1948, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Troy, NY.

It was something she had been longing to do since she was nine years old.

“I was going to religious classes after 9:00 Mass, and I remember the sister that was telling everybody which way to go” in terms of careers, she recalled. “The first time I saw her, I remember saying, ‘I want to be like her when I grow up!’” 

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