"Where is she Wednesday?"

Patricia Reilly Panara ’79


This week’s honoree for ‘Where is She Wednesday’ is Author, Patricia Reilly Panara ’79!

Patti got her start writing humor and advice columns for the Merciette! She's a graduate of Lehigh University, Clarion University and SUNY-Buffalo and has worked in public relations, marketing and advertising for General Motors, Brand Names Sales and the NFTA. Patti now lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband (Timon graduate Ned Panara, '77), and two college-aged sons. Patti says, "The Mount Mercy Spirit is imbued in everything I write. We're here for a purpose in God's grand design. He wants us to release our best selves to the world and affect others in positive ways. MMA students and grads do just that with their families, their careers and their service to others."

Recently, Patti has released a new, non-fiction book called: "Change Your Vibe: How to Lifehack Your Way To Social Success!” Here, she takes a fun look at how we can ALL be better at socializing and connecting with other people, whether you're great at it, 'okay" at it, or feel like you could use a few tips. Change Your Vibe is available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle editions), as well as at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Rd, Buffalo. Patti is also the author of the novels Sisterly Advice and Buffalo Winged, available on Amazon.

Tom McDonnell will have it available at Dog Ears Bookstore as of this week! (It's already up on Amazon in paperback & Kindle)

Click to see all of Patti's Books:  Patti's Amazon Page



Previous Honoree's


"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

College Acceptances

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