Sr. Pat Clement Returns to NDA as Interim President

Lauren Van Gheem, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

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Interim president Sister Pat Clement is rooted in the NDA heritage.

A sister for 56 years, she attended Annunciation Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1963.

“I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in September of that year,” she said.

Sister Pat went to Fontbonne College in St. Louis and graduated with a minor in math and a major in chemistry.

“After my first year being a sister, I was happy to discover that I loved teaching and went on to get a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana,” she said.

Sister Pat was principal of Notre Dame Academy for five years, starting on July 1, 1994.

“After 38 years in education I felt called to do something else and have served at the Quad-Parish on the west side of Green Bay for the past 13 years as a Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation,” she said.

She leads two Bible Classes every week, helps with funeral ministry, sponsors Rite of Christian Initiation Adults and registers new parishioners.

Sister Pat will lead the committee to find a new president for Notre Dame Academy.

“My role as interim president is to work with the principal and the associate principal to keep the school running as smoothly as possible until a new president is hired and begins working for NDA,” she explained.

She feels very honored to be back at the school and is humbled by the faculty and staff putting in so much work for the success of their students.

“There have been many challenges over the past 29 years,” said the sister, “but with the help of the Holy Spirit NDA continues to graduate leaders who will have positive impact on the lives they serve.”

Sister Pat would like to see a new president who is committed to new possibilities in the NDA community.

“I think the president needs to be out in the community recruiting new students so our enrollment continues to grow,” she said.

Sister Pat wants a president who is a “team player” and works well with administration, so faculty knows exactly what to do.

“We need someone who knows how to contact potential donors, is persistent in his/her efforts, is articulate and perceptive so he/she gets the projected goals accomplished,” she said.

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