Sister Carole Riley, formerly Sister Mary Patrick, entered religious life from St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon, Pa. She credits the example of Sister Clare Louise with influencing her vocation.
She has her Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Among her teaching assignments were St. Mary’s in Glenshaw, Pa. (1962–66) and St. Mary’s High School in McKees Rocks, Pa. (1966–72). Sister Carole founded the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality in Charleston, WVa. Since 1969, she has been professor of music and spirituality at Duquesne University. In addition, she has authored many tapes/DVDs/CDs for publication through St. Anthony Publications, Alba House Publications, and St. Paul Press.
Sister Carole bases her living on the words of the Community’s foundress: “Visibly do I see in all things the wonderful Providence of God.” Marie de la Roche was led to action through contemplation, and Sister Carole believes her graced collaboration with the Spiritans and with ecumenical communities through music teaching and spiritual direction enables her to be both a contemplative in action and to be a witness to the vibrancy of Providence today.
Her travels have allowed her to experience spirituality from the people around the world whom she has been honored to serve. Sister Carole was awarded the Religious Formation National Award: Emil Penet for excellence in formation and her impact on the United States through the mentoring model; and also the President’s Service Award, and Duquesne University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.