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People call me Father Pat. I am assigned to St. Anthony's Parish. I used to teach but several years ago, because of the shortage of priests, I got my first assignment to a parish with real life people. I love parish life more than teaching because people appreciate everything you do and go out of their way to feed you and make sure you are not sick or lonely.

Background Information

I was born in Brooklyn and when I was a year old, I contracted polio. At the time, they didn't have any advance medications so surgery was the only option. I was brought up in a polio hospital called St. Charles Hospital, in Port Jefferson, NY. I was educated by nuns and even today, my eighth grade teacher lives on although she is one hundred years old now. She was always a doll. I find my favorite hobby is reading and listening to music. I don't like the current style of rap however. I have a pet dog that lives with me in the rectory. Her name is Natasha and she is part Shitzu and part Pekinese. She is a lot of fun and very faithful to me. She rides on long trips with me in my car and does not complain when I run into a store, as long as I bring her out a dog treat. The major influences in my life have been the nuns, the priests, my family and friends. I am one of twelve children and my parents died when I was young. We were six boys and I am the only one who is still alive. I have three sisters who are still alive and two who have died, one as an infant. I guess because I was brought up by nuns people figure I was a natural for the priesthood. But I didn't enter the seminary until later in life and as a priest, enjoyed a variety of educational and managerial positions. I like what I am doing now best.

Birth Place
Brooklyn, NY USA

I have written several books over the years. I have taught in seminaries, colleges and universities. I got my Ph.D. from St. Thomas University in Rome where I majored in the history of philosophy. I was also certified in pastoral counseling and sacred oratory, both subjects I taught at the college level. I love being a priest and am so grateful I can help people in their good times and bad.

Additional Information

I have written a new book entitled Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Gripping Real Life Stories and it can be viewed on People who read it love it. At least that is what they tell me. I have a nephew, Michael O'Reilly by name who is autistic and who wrote a book of poems entitled love was all he said, growing up autistic. It also is published at I am presently engaged in trying to promote my book and Michael's as best I can since I cannot afford too much professional help. I love to write and i love to answer email.

Contact Information
Saintanthony Parish
199 North Main Street 
Ansonia CT 06401   USA
Contact Author: Reverend Patrick J Berkery, Ph.D

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