Fr. Patrick McCool O.S.B.
Father Patrick was born in Kansas City, MO, and raised in Wichita, KS. He made monastic profession of vows at St. Gregory's Abbey on July 11, 1957, and was ordained a priest on May 25, 1963, along with Fr. Stanley Rother - whose cause for canonization started in 2007.
Fr. Patrick attended St. Gregory's High School and College, and completed a bachelor's degree at St. Benedict's College in Atchison, KS. He earned a master's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and a master's in library science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He served for many years as Prior and on the Senior Council of the monastic community. Fr. Patrick succeeded Fr. Eugene Marshall as head librarian for St. Gregory's College and served in that position while teaching English at St. Gregory's College and University. He served for several terms on the St. Gregory's Board of Directors. Fr. Patrick has been a long-time Knight of Columbus, serving for many years as the faculty sponsor and Financial Secretary of Council 1056 at St. Gregory's College and University. He also served for a period as the State Chaplain of the Oklahoma Knights of Columbus.
Now in residence at the monastery, Fr. Patrick ministers as an auxiliary Catholic Chaplain at Tinker Air Force Base in nearby Midwest City, a pastoral ministry in which he has served for nearly 35 years. In 2001, Fr. Patrick received the Vatican Cross of Honor from Bishop Joseph Madera of the Military Diocese in recognition for his faithful service. Fr. Patrick enjoys keeping in contact with generations of St. Gregory's alumni.