Hello and thank you for the warm welcome that I’ve received!
I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I was born in Frankfort, Germany (my father was in the army with Elvis). When his tour of duty was over, we returned to Cincinnati when I was just over a year old in my mother’s lap (I guess that child seats weren’t required in the early 60’s on the airplane) with mom expecting my baby sister. Two more siblings, both brothers, would follow just one year apart from each other.
My early childhood years were spent in Groesbeck, where we attended St. Ann’s parish not very far from my soon to be new home. Just prior to me starting Jr. High, dad decided to move the family out to the country. It was off to Blanchester, Ohio for us, where I lived prior to going into the seminary in Cincinnati. It’s a nice little town with a small parish community, Holy Name (now part of St. Columkille parish in Wilmington, Ohio), with just fewer than 200 families. My middle brother is married and has 3 children. The five of them live in the West Chester area in a modest suburban community near St. Maximilian Kolbe parish, where they attend Church. My other brother and sister didn’t stray too far from the old Blanchester homestead and they live in Clinton County.
I graduated from Chatfield College (run by the Brown County Ursuline nuns) in the late 70’s with an associate’s degree. I then transferred to Xavier University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. It was the early 80’s and teaching positions were scarce in our Tri-State area so I kept working in retail (which helped to pay for college expenses both during school and after graduation) with my last position working for Federated Department Stores in the Mason area office helping the personnel of the Bloomingdales Department Store chain with their benefits department. I was originally hired for Macy’s, but was needed elsewhere and both are owned by Federated.
After the death of my mother, my father and I were looking for some spiritual renewal, which we found with the yearly Catholic Men’s Conference after the pastor invited us to attend. Jerry Faust, then retired from local football coaching, but still connected in our Archdiocese, prayed for vocations, and at that third invitation (the prior two occurred in High School from our pastor and then again from a friend of my father at our July 4th party while at Xavier), I decided to seriously pursue thinking about priesthood.
As of May 20, 2016, I have been ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a priest for ten years, starting with 2 years as Associate Pastor at Holy Angels Parish and School in Sidney, Ohio (in the corn belt of Shelby county about 100 miles straight up 1-75 from Cincinnati). My second assignment for 3 years was at St. Peter’s Parish and School in Huber Heights, Ohio on the north side of Dayton near Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Museum. My third assignment was at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish and School for 2 years in Green Township on the West Side of Cincinnati. My two cats and I enjoyed watching the birds in the backyard (they watched them from my office window on my desk while I typed) and the nightly planes heading in to land at the Greater Cincinnati Airport, which come in so close to the house that you can read the name of the airlines on their tails. The cats seemed indifferent to them, as they aren’t birds or squirrels. My most current parish assignments were in Hamilton for 3 years, with St. Peter in Chains and St. Joseph (one on the West side of town, one on the Left, just a bridge away from one another) where both parishes have schools. I have very much enjoyed working with the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the many different parts of our Archdiocese where I’ve previously served and I look forward to being with all of you at Little Flower.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Patrick M. McMullen