Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN takes over as national office finalizes move to Washington, D.C.

Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeNWashington, D.C.—Pax Christi USA announced today that Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN has been hired as the national Catholic peace organization’s new Executive Director. Sr. Chappell begins her tenure following Pax Christi USA’s recent relocation of its national office to Washington, D.C.

“This is an exciting time for Pax Christi USA as we explore new opportunities under Sr. Chappell’s leadership,” stated Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, National Council Chair of Pax Christi USA. “Sr. Chappell brings a wealth of experience in working with religious communities, youth and young adults, and marginalized communities which will enhance and grow our work for peace and justice in the world.”

Sr. Chappell is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Connecticut unit, and served on the Provincial Leadership Team for her community. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and was the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C.

“We’re delighted Sr. Chappell has joined PCUSA as its new leader,” stated Ronaldo Cruz, who has been serving as the Acting Executive Director for the past 4 months. “Her vision and experience will lead the Catholic peace movement into its second forty years as the conscience of our Church and society.”

Sr. Chappell was trained by Crossroads in anti-racism training and organizing and serves as the national co-chair on her community’s anti-racism team. She was the full-time president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference, from 1996-2001, and is on the Board of Trustees for Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

“I am most humbled and pleased to have been offered the position of Executive Director of Pax Christi USA,” stated Sr. Chappell. “I look forward to continuing and deepening Pax Christi’s commitment to transforming itself into an anti-racist, multicultural movement for peace with justice.”

Sr. Chappell begins her work at Pax Christi USA on November 1.

For more information or requests for interviews, please contact Johnny Zokovitch, Pax Christi USA’s Director of Communications, at 352-219-8419 or

4 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: National Catholic peace organization announces new Executive Director

  1. As a member of Pax Christi USA, I am thrilled that Sr. Patricia Chappell SND de N. has been chosen to be the new Executive Director of Pax Christi USA. She will bring many gifts and talents to this new ministry. But in particular, she will help to move Pax Christi USA towards becoming an anti-racist, multicultural peace and justice organization. I know this from experience of being on the Anti-Racism Team of the USA Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur with her since its inception.

    In solidarity,
    Sr. Linda Bessom SND
    Cambridge, MA

  2. This is good news. Welcome Sr. Patricia Chappell! All the best for your start at the pax christi USA office. I am looking forward to meetings and future cooperation.
    kind regards
    Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler
    Vicepresident pax christi Germany and member of the executive committee of pax christi international

  3. congratulation , Sister Patty, We love you ! Very best wishes to you always
    Carrie Stivers , St. Monica Church, down here in Bardstown , Ky.

  4. GOD BLESS YOU SR. Patty , we are so blessed to have had you & Sr. Pat Haley early in our lives
    Carrie Stivers, Mildred Cambron, Debbie Allen

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