Growing up in Kansas City, Fr. Pat never envisioned being a Catholic Priest; granted he grew up in a solid Catholic family. He started his professional career in law enforcement, working as an Evidence Technician for the Kansas City Missouri Police Department for just under four years. The corporate world was next, working in Information Technology for American Century Mutual Funds for almost a decade. Through all this, Fr. Pat always thought he would be married and have a family, even being engaged twice. But that’s not what God had in store for him.
He actually fell away from the Catholic faith in his mid-teens through his late twenties. In 1998, at the age of 28, he had a life changing experience and reversion back to the Church. This came after attending a Cursillo retreat. From that point on his Catholic faith evolved. Soon after the retreat he began volunteering in different parish ministries. It wasn’t long before he began asking himself “If all these “Church” things bring so much peace, happiness and contentment, why not make it my life’s work?” So, at the age of 34, he decided to sell his home, quit his job, and enter the seminary.
Entering his eighth year of Priestly ministry, Fr. Pat exclaims “I can honestly say that I have never experienced such joy and happiness in my life. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Fr. Pat graduated from Archbishop O’Hara high school in Kansas City, MO in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Park University in Parkville, MO. He did his graduate work and formation for priestly ministry at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.
Fr. Pat enjoys volunteer firefighting, watching sports, and playing PS4 sports games with friends. He also enjoys many facets of technology and computers. Most of all, he enjoys simply hanging out with “good company” or watching a good movie or television program with friends.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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