This is the Test Version
We felt that the best way to find out about Fr Pat as a priest and as a person was to ask him some questions.
I was born in Stoke on Trent on 21st March 1961 and brought up in nearby Leek.
I was a spring baby.
When I was at polytechnic studying for a degree in politics and international relations, I served at chaplaincy masses. I also had a year as President of the Catholic Society. Perhaps that is the reason that, in my final year, I went out for a drink with two friends, as all student tend to do. When we got home, I was very happy and, for a joke, I said, “I’m thinking of becoming a Catholic priest”. My two friends immediately became quite serious and said, “We wondered how long it would take for you to realise that”.
Being seen as a priest who is open, approachable and available to people. I like to think that I have no barriers to access.
In my first parish of St Dunstan’s, I started the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Journey in Faith programme. One of the participants was a local teacher.
A few years later, I met him at another parish and he told me that I had inspired him and that he was now a speaker on the Journey in Faith programme in his parish.
Not really but, if I had the money, I would obtain my private pilot’s licence.
I have always been interested in aircraft, especially the large transport aircraft, though not obsessively.
The things that I have to achieve to make life better for others. I have many responsibilities as a priest but I do love my day off!
I once went to Alton Towers and had a go on the iconic Oblivion which was the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster.
It was both exhilarating and terrifying.
Snails & garlic butter in Brussels, on a field trip whilst visiting the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) institutions based there.
Interviewer’s note: in this case, Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the snails and garlic were not in Brussels Sprouts – that would have been very unusual.
At the end of a long day, I like nothing better than to sit down and relax with a glass of my favourite single malt, Lagavulin.
Interviewer’s note: the purpose behind this question was to help parishioners who might be looking for gift ideas for Fr Pat; HOWEVER, I recommend you sit down before looking at the price of this brand of whisky!
I can listen to any length of argument and state it back in one sentence.
Interviewer’s note: Any married man can do that with one simple phrase, “Yes, you’re right dear!”
I enjoy reading and walking locally, especially around the Leys.
Obtain my private pilot’s licence!
Actually, I would use a lot of it to help others but I would save enough to go on a long and exotic train journey – 1st class of course.
See the dream here:
When I left out the consecration, the most important part of the mass and went on to the second part of the eucharistic prayer before someone told me.
I was once going through a wedding practice with a young couple and asked them when it was that they were getting married. I told them that I couldn’t make that date as I would be on holiday.
It took some time to calm them down and reassure them!
It is already illegal but I would make people not cleaning up their dog poo doubly illegal.
Joke with my friends that I want to become a Catholic priest!
Actually there are two similar things. Firstly, I will never travel to the wrong crematorium again because the poor family had to get another priest to cover for me. Secondly, I will never go to the crematorium when I should be at the grave site.
I have got past the exploring stage. I know all the best restaurants and churches. I feel completely at home there and can chill.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen and I have been known to sing it.
Interviewer’s Note: Sadly, Fr Pat is not willing to release a demonstration of his singing into the public domain, perhaps to the relief of those who have had the pleasure of listening to Father’s singing from the Narthex; however, here is a taste of what it could be like: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (Official Video)
As I am a priest, it would have to be … [to be completed]
However, if I wasn’t a priest, it would be: