Pastor & President of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Schools
Father Patrick A. McLaughlin became pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in June of 2012. Fr. Pat was born in June of 1969 to Tom and Linda McLaughlin, the third of four children. He has an older brother, an older sister, and a younger brother. He attended Holy Name High School Grades for ten years, and completed his last two years of High School at Benson High. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Doctor of Philosophy in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University prior to entering seminary in 1998. After completing the pre-theology program from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, with studies at St. Louis University, he completed theological studies at Kenrick-Glennon where he earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology, focusing on systematic/sacramental theology. Fr. Pat was ordained a transitional deacon on June 7, 2002 and ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 2003. He celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving on Pentecost Sunday on June 8, 2003.
Father Pat’s priestly service includes serving as parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish and parochial administrator at St. Vincent de Paul Parish; parochial vicar of St. Cornelius (Homer), St. Joseph (Walt Hill), St. Augustine (Winnebago), and Our Lady of Fatima (Macy), as well as assistant director of St. Augustine Indian Mission (Winnebago); and, pastor at St. Wenceslaus (Dodge) and Sacred Heart of Jesus (Olean) with teaching and chaplain duties at Guardian Angels-Central Catholic (West Point). While at Guardian Angels-Central Catholic, he completed an NCATE approved alternate certification program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and has worked to diversity his teaching credentials, with a plan for further studies in school leadership and administration.
Priest in Residence & School Chaplain