Fr. Patrick C. Nolan, SJ
Fr. Patrick C. Nolan, SJ
Fr. Patrick C. Nolan, S.J., grew up in Massapequa Park, New York, the youngest of John and Patricia Nolan’s seven children. Jesuits were always a part of his life as Pat’s favorite uncle, Fr. James Dolan, and close cousin, Fr. Donald Devine, were both Jesuits. Pat’s family was active at their local parish, St. Rose of Lima, where he attended grade school and served on the altar, something that was deeply meaningful to him even at a young age. After graduating from Massapequa High School, he attended Loyola University Maryland, where he was inspired by the Jesuits and their care for students. He played club lacrosse, studied abroad in Australia, served as senior class president and took part in a retreat where he had a deep experience of God’s love. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2001, Pat moved to New York City to work in sports marketing. After several years, he began searching for greater meaning in his life and started discerning a vocation to the Jesuits. He entered the Society in 2008 and, as a novice, taught in Micronesia at the Jesuits’ Xavier High School and the local parochial school, St. Cecilia’s. Missioned next to Loyola University Chicago, Pat earned a master’s degree in social philosophy while serving as chaplain of the men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field teams. His next mission took him back to Micronesia, where at Yap Catholic High School, he taught religion, English and Micronesian history for two years while serving as the newly founded school’s first director of college counseling. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while working as a deacon at Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes in South Boston. After ordination, Pat will join the pastoral staff at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, New York, for the summer before returning to Boston to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, work as a Jesuit vocation promoter and teach at Boston College High School. Pat looks forward to celebrating his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Rose of Lima and sharing that experience with his family, particularly his great aunt, Sr. Frances Devine, S.C., a Sister of Charity, who has been a big influence on his vocation. (USA Northeast Province)

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