Patricia Hannan Piorkowski was born August 31, 1930, in Bayonne, NJ.
Growing up in a Roman Catholic family, she was spiritually sensitive and
through her love for Jesus felt drawn to a life of devotion. In 1948, at age 18,
she became a Trinitarian nun, taking the name Sister Rose, and worked primar-
ily with young people in multiple locations in the eastern U.S.
After 21 years, she felt that the Holy Spirit was no longer active in her convent
life, and she left to find what new path God had opened for her. In 1970, she
met Joe Stein in their graduate education class at the University of Rochester.
Joe felt strongly he should witness to her. Wayne Miller taught her Divine
Principle, and although Pat was 20 years older than Wayne and much better
versed in theology, when she heard just the key points of Principle from Young
Oon Kim’s red book, she responded by saying, “It’s true, and this is the way I
must go.” Pat was always obedient to God’s will. Her first mission was helping
Joe and Wayne care for the guests who came to their small center, showing them
a motherly heart.
In 1971, Pat moved to Upshur House in Washington, DC, where she met True
Parents for the first time on December 18, 1971, when they arrived to begin
their ministry in America. Being an elder both physically and spiritually, she
was asked to help serve True Parents. She was later assigned to be an itinerant
worker, visiting church centers in the U.S. as a counselor, in addition to sup-
porting the national HQ.
In 1975, she was matched by True Parents and blessed with Zachary Piorkowski,
a former priest, in the 1800 couple blessing in Korea. They began their family
life as missionaries to Argentina, where, with God’s help, they established a
national spiritual and financial foundation that thrives to this day. During this
time, the Lord led them to adopt two orphan boys, Martin and Carl Poblete.
In 1980, Father Moon commissioned them to establish a business raising chin-
chillas in the U.S., duplicating a venture they had developed earlier in Argen-
tina. After four years operating a chinchilla ranch in the California Sierras, they
relocated to the East Coast.
They settled in the Washington, DC area, and in 1986, she became a founda-
tional staff member of The World & I magazine, starting as a proofreader, and,
from February 1987 until November 1990, she worked as the executive admin-
istrative assistant for the associate publisher, Dong Moon Joo. In 1988, the love
of God provided them with their third son, Peter. Several years later, the family
moved to Zach’s hometown in Connecticut to care for his mother. After eight
years, they all returned to the Washington, DC area.
After Zach died in 2006, Pat lived with several families in Maryland until Peter
returned to the area to start an online business. She was an ongoing source of
guidance in living a life of faith for numerous members who recall her warm
heart. Always keeping in touch with what True Parents were doing, Pat was a
continuous “prayer warrior” behind the scenes. She always considered that her
first and primary mission is to be a Blessed wife, mother and daughter of God.
Patricia ascended to the eternal world on September 9, 2023, and is survived by
her three sons, Carl, Martin, and Peter.