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Br. Patrick McNamara

Member by right | Provincial
Born: Susquehanna, United States (01/02/1952)
Living in: New York, United States
Province: United States (From )
Patrick McNamara

A native of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States of America, I, Patrick, am the son of Mary Dantini and RG McNamara. Susquehanna’s population was nearly 3000 people, a railroad town, consisting of railroad workers like my family members, civil servants, small business owners, caregivers, and IBM’ers; most people in the town were Catholic or Christian.  We were enclosed and surrounded literally and figuratively by the gentle Endless Mountains and lakes of Pennsylvania and local farmers and dairy cows.  Family Spirit was the blessing of healthy parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, as well as grandmothers, aunts and uncles, and many cousins. 

I grew up very Roman Catholic, always attending Catholic schools. After graduation from Laurel Hill Academy, an IHM school, I enrolled at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Here I met the lively and attractive community of Marist Brothers. After completion of my studies at Marist, including a year of studies in Paris, France, I would begin my initial  formation program in Chicago, Il, and eventually join their Novitiate and be invited to make my vows in the community.

In the next 40 years, I enjoyed being a lifelong learner, a pilgrim, a teacher, a coach, a spiritual director, a disciple,  a social worker, a Pastor, a catechist, a Vocation Director, a musician, a Campus Minister, a Provincial, a Principal, a President, and a Provincial again and so much more.  Many nouns to describe my very active and happy life, filled with many graces and blessings and many new beginnings; great communities, ministries, projects, and churches, cities and towns, brothers, strangers, friends, and partners. 

I look forward to “our new beginning” in Rio Negro.

In the past, like Mary, we went at our own speed, and we’ve arrived in a new land. Now, it’s the time to create.