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Who Am I?
Fr. J. Patrick Foley
 
People frequently ask about this ministry which God has given me. Let me briefly explain...

I am a diocesan priest, ordained in 1973, and have served in a variety of settings (parish and campus ministry, administration, high school and college teacher). From early on I have been involved with directing retreats, parish missions, days of recollection, and similar events. Since 1995 these have been the focus of my ministry. I am typically "on the road" some forty or more weeks every year, visiting dioceses, religious communities and parishes across the country -- wherever I am invited. When I am not traveling, I am writing to reflect further upon the themes of spiritual formation and Christian life in our times.

In addition to degrees in philosophy and theology, I earned an M.A. in speech and drama from The Catholic University of America, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in formative spirituality from Duquesne University. This wonderful education is one of many gifts with which God has blessed me, and which I am privileged to be able to bring to this ministry.

I am paid no salary and charge no fees. My sole means of support are the donations given by those whom I serve. Those gifts not only provide for all my living expenses; they also make it possible for me to travel to small, rural, or out-of-the-way parishes and groups who might not otherwise be able to afford a mission or retreat. Indeed, your donations make this ministry possible, and for that I am very grateful.

Photo by Kevin Lahey, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
 

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