The Ministry of Father Pat Wenrick

The Ministry of Father Pat Wenrick

Welcome to The Ministry of Father Pat Wenrick

FatherPat53@gmail.com

About Me


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My background

I graduated with an M.Div. in Mission Specialization from Catholic Theological Union in 1982 and was ordained a priest in October of the same year,  Since that time I have been in various ministries in the Church, including being a Vocation Director, Assistant Pastor of two churches in NJ, as well as an Assistant Rector of a religious community.  In 1997 I graduated from LaSalle University  with a Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling and went to work first as a therapist and later as a Program Director for a drug and alcohol outpatient facility in Buck's County, Pennsylvania,  While Program Director I also taught "World Religions" as an Adjunct faculty member at Bucks County Community College. In 1998 I also established my own clinical practice in New Jersey and was licensed in the State as a professional Counselor. In July 2003, I married my lovely wife Susan in Princeton, NJ and together we moved to Tampa area with our daughter, Allyson.  As a member of C.I.T.I. Ministries and the International Council of Community Churches since 2004 I continue to witness marriages, perform baptisms, and to be available for visiting the sick and dying in hospitals and nursing homes.  

As a lecturer I have given numerous workshops and talks on life-span development, mid-life spirituality, and loss resolution issues. My pastoral background has allowed me to weave a healthy spiritual-psychological approach to the issues that confront contemporary society both in Preaching the Word of God, and in published reflections on Sacred Scripture.

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Ministry

Weddings

As a married priest I understand more fully now, than when I was a celibate priest, what it is like to be married.  The foundation of a Life together with your spouse must be rooted in faith and in the Lord.  I cherish the opportunity to meet with a couple who wish to be married and share with them (and they with me) not just autobiographical facts, but dreams, hopes, and wishes that are part and parcel of a marriage.  It is also important to share what frustrations, struggles, and pains they might encounter along the way.               

As an ordained married priest I am licensed through C.I.T.I. ministries (Celibacy is the Issue/Community the Intent) and the ICCC (International Council of community churches).  I am available to officiate at Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and home Masses.  The Roman Catholic Church would not consider a marriage witnessed by me as valid.  However,  I believe, that they are valid in the eyes of God and are legal in the eyes of the State.  Since I am self-supporting I ask for a donation of $350 which covers costs of travel, time collaborating, final preparations, and the ceremony.  For weddings within a 50 mile radius of Tampa the suggested donation would be $300.00
Jesus began his public ministry at a wedding at Cana in Gaillee.  Weddings are a joyous occasion and as such many couples need to experience that joy.  Some couples that have come to me have experienced very painful and abusive first marriages or have been subjected to negative and despairing remarks by their priest or minister.  I believe that the Jesus we worship would extend a healing embrace to these couples.  As a priest I like to meet a couple a few times (if possible) before the marriage so that the marriage ceremony can be a meaningful experience.   

Again, please contact me if you would like to have me witness your wedding. I look forward to meeting you and your fiance’ as you prepare for a life together.

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Baptism is a Sacred Rite of Inclusion into the Christian Community. So much has happened over the years in the Church to take away from the real meaning of this Sacrament. It’s importance lies in the fact that it claims a person for Christ, and says that this person is a member of the Christian Community and can count on the community to nourish him or her in the faith.  

 I believe that Baptism is a right of every person. I do believe that Baptism claims a person for Christ and is inclusion in the Christian Community. As such the person, or family of the infant need to practice the faith and see to it that the child is raised in the faith. In the name of the Community I stand ready to help and support the one to be baptized along with the family and godparents of the one to be baptized. One should be willing to accept and practice the tenets of the faith.

Arrangements can be made for baptism by contacting us.