Sunday, November 27, 2005

Patricia Crowley's obituary was in the Tribune today. Patricia Crowley started Deborah's Place, an agency that serves homeless women in Chicago with great love and dignity. While I never knew her personally, Mrs. Crowley's life is a legend among homeless service providers in Chicago. Her daughter, also Patricia, has taken up her mantel as a leader in the city advocating for resources for the homeless.

"She felt we were called to do things for others, especially those that have less," her daughter Sister Patricia Crowley said. "She was a woman of action."

Mrs. Crowley, 92, a devout Catholic activist and social reformer, died of Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Nov. 23, in her Chicago home. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in her home and from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday in Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Holy Name.

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