Patt is a spiritual director and retreat leader who came to spiritual leadership as a third calling. She was a costume designer and assistant professor of theater in the 1970's, and a municipal lawyer for the next three decades. Since 2010, Patt's work has focused exclusively on increasing opportunities for adult spiritual growth, including opportunities outside of traditional church settings. Patt holds a certificate in leading contemplative retreats and spiritual formation groups from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, a certificate in spiritual direction from the Claret Center, a BA and MFA in Drama, and a JD in law. She is the founder of Sacred Ground Chicago.