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St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria
Patricia arrived from Australia and settled in Alberta in 1967, earning her Doctorate from the University of Alberta. She has published numerous articles and co-authored, with her late husband, Rudy Schnell, a biography on Charlotte Whitton and a history of Canadian Child Welfare.
On their 25th wedding anniversary, during a private audience with St. Pope John Paul II, he asked her what she did for a living and she replied, “I teach.” The Pope then responded with: “Teach about Christ.”
Upon retiring and moving to Victoria, she did just that, developing a two-year course entitled, Exploring the Catholic Faith, followed by other courses and seminars including: A Cloud of Witnesses: The Early Christians & The Middle Ages, Encountering Christ in the Sacraments, Judged on Love Alone, Formation of Conscience, and Pinocchio speaks with Jiminy Cricket. She has also conducted a number of seminars, including Salvation is from the Jews and The Sunflower: the Problem of Forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Rooke mentored many students and converts, contributing to a greater understanding of the role of the laity in society and the Church, including publishing a book entitled Judged by Love Alone, the proceeds of which were donated to the Church.