Patricia Keefe is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester, Minnesota. She taught high school for a short time and taught theology and religious studies after graduate studies in theology. After obtaining a law degree, she practiced poverty law for eight years, winning a case in the Minnesota Supreme Court. After some volunteer service in the London office of Amnesty International, she became director for justice and human development for the Oklahoma City Archdiocese. Other ministries included associate director for her community; development work for the Nonviolent Peaceforce; and ARC, an ecumenical retreat center. She now volunteers at Assisi Heights, her community's motherhouse.