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Priestly Ordination to be Celebrated

Join in celebrating the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Patrick Finn on June 16 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street in Brunswick. All are welcome to attend the Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley.

A Holy Hour for Vocations will be held the evening before, Friday, June 15, at 5:15 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church.

You are also invited to attend the newly ordained's first Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving, which will be celebrated on Sunday, June 17, at St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street in Bath.

Ordination Date and Time:
June 16, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Ordination Location:
St. John the Baptist Church,
39 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Hometown:
Bath, ME

Age: 34

Seminary:
St. John's Seminary
Brighton, Mass.

Current Pastoral Assignment:
Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Mass of Thanksgiving:
Sunday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m.
St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath

Favorite Saints:
St. Francis of Assisi, North American Martyrs (and all American saints); St. John Vianney, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II

Meet Deacon Patrick Finn

“The Lord invites us to relationship with him and that I see as my big mission, just to preach that the Lord is present and wants us to love him back.”

Deacon Patrick Finn is a native of the city of Bath, where his family attended St. Mary Church.  He became active in the Church at an early age, serving as a reader at Mass in fifth grade.

“St. Mary’s, literally, has watched me grow up and heard me grow up,” he said.

It was also around the fifth grade that Deacon Patrick said he started to think about the priesthood and to take a greater interest in the Mass and his church. 

Patrick was also active in youth ministry and participated in diocesan youth events, which he said gave him a sense of the broader Church.

After graduating from Morse High School in Bath, Patrick attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. While there, it became clear to him that he had a vocation to the priesthood.  He felt his call was to become a religious order priest with the Franciscans who minister at the university.  After he received his degree in theology, he entered formation with the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular at their motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania. In 2008, he professed first vows, then moved to Washington, D.C., to continue his formation.  He attended the Catholic University of America and earned a master of divinity degree in 2012, but around that same time, he left the Franciscans.

“I had so many awesome opportunities as a friar, and I learned and experienced so much that I never could have gotten elsewhere,” said Deacon Patrick. “But God made it clear that this particular community wasn’t where I needed to be.”

He became communications director for the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C. After 14 months, he returned to Maine to become director of faith formation for Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston.

Being in Maine and being surrounded by longtime priest friends made him reflect again on his vocation, and he decided the apply to the Diocese of Portland.

“The Lord’s taken it from there,” he said.

Finn completed two additional years of theological study at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and was ordained to the transitional diaconate on October 8, 2017.

“My life has been a great adventure. It hasn’t always been easy, but I can only be grateful to the Lord for everything."