Fr. Patrick was born in 1941 and raised in Pittsburgh with four brothers and one sister. His parents were devout Catholics and among their five sons three became priests.
Fr. Pat attended Duquesne University and majored in biology and chemistry. Shortly after graduation he was inducted into the US Army and served in the medical services branch in Texas and Korea. After discharge he worked in hospitals in the Pittsburgh area as a certified Medical Technologist and in the field of Nuclear Medicine as a technologist. At the age of 46 he made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and, there realized that God was calling him to become a Passionist to “Preach his Passion”. He entered Passionist formation in 1988 followed by the novitiate and then the study of theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His ordination took place here at Immaculate Conception Monastery in 1995 at 54 years of age. This was followed by eleven years of ministry in parishes in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and, here at Immaculate Conception Parish. From 2006 till December 2018 he has been a member of the Retreat Center team and monastery ministries at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery in Pittsburgh. In early January 2019 he returned to Immaculate Conception Monastery as a Patient Care Advocate for our elderly infirm Passionist brothers and priests.
Father Patrick Geinzer, CP Joins the Monastery Community
On January 17th, the Passionist Community of Immaculate Conception re-elected Father Thomas Brislin, CP as Rector (Father Superior) for the next four years.
Father Thomas served as Rector for the past 5 years. He is a native of Hazelton, PA and has spent most of his religious life as a Missionary, serving in Jamaica, West Indies and The Bahamas.
We congratulate Father Tom on his re-election as Rector and wish him well as he leads the Community for the next four years.
Brother Andre Mathieu, CP Conducted the Monastery's Annual Retreat
Father Thomas Brislin, CP Re-elected as Rector of Monastery
Brother Andre, a native of Hartford, CT, made Profession of Vows as a Passionist on March 4,1962. During his fifty six years as a Passionist, he has served in a variety of ministries: Provincial office staff, Union City, NJ; Pastoral Associate, St. Gabriel’s parish, Brighton, MA; Director of college candidates for the Passionists, Worcester, MA ; Rector and retreat director of the Passionist Spiritual Center, Riverdale, Bronx; two terms on the Provincial Council; Master of Novices, St. Ann’s Monastery, Scranton, PA, and eighteen years of full time ministry in the Passionist Itinerant Ministry.
Brother Andre has a B.A. in Religious Studies and Human Development, Empire State College of the State University of New York; an M.A. in Pastoral Theology (Ministry) from Boston College; an M.S. In Gerontology from the College of New Rochelle, NY, and a Certification in Thanatology (Death Studies) from the same school.