"A Heartfelt Welcome to Our New Pastor Fr. Patrick McPartland" St. Catharine's message to the faithful
HOLMDEL, NJ - Saint Catharine parishioners received a welcome Blessing today as they were informed of the welcome of their new pastor, Father Patrick McPartland.
According to a communication from Saint Catharine's:
Fr. Patrick McPartland grew up in Irvington and Linden. He attended twelve years of Catholic schools. His mother and his three sisters live in New Jersey.
Fr. Pat earned a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Rutgers University in 1995; a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He worked as an engineer for eight years including being a Combat Systems Engineer for the display system of the Aegis Weapon System at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown from 1997 to 2003.
Fr. Pat earned a Masters of Divinity in 2008 from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Trenton in May 2008 and was assigned as a parochial vicar to St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River and Chaplain to Monsignor Donovan High School from 2008 to 2013.
In February 2013, he was commissioned as a U.S. Navy Chaplain. In November 2013, Chaplain McPartland reported to USS America LHA-6 as deputy chaplain. The ship completed a transit around South America to its home port in San Diego. USS America was commissioned in October 2014 in San Francisco.
In April 2016, Chaplain McPartland was appointed to serve at the United States Naval Academy. Until April 2019, he served as a Battalion Chaplain supporting Midshipmen studying to be Naval Officers including about 35% who were Catholic. He will be honorably discharged on April 25, 2019.
They expect Fr. McPartland to join the parish around June 1st.
In Fr. McPartland’s words, “I am grateful to Bishop O'Connell for sending me to serve at St. Catharine. I am looking forward to praying with you, serving the community and watching God work in our lives!”