Bishop Neary milestones

Bishop Neary on his first birthday (photo courtesy of the Neary family)

March 6, 1963
Patrick Michael Neary is born in La Porte, Indiana, to Jacob and Marybelle (Schnider) Neary, the first child and only boy of six children. His family are long-time members of St. Joseph Parish in La Porte. Patrick and his sisters attended St. Joseph’s Grade School.

Graduated from La Porte High School and entered undergraduate seminary with the Congregation of Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. (Spent spring semester of sophomore year at Anahuac University in Mexico City, Mexico, learning Spanish.)

Graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in history and then completed novitiate year in Cascade, Colorado.

Master of Divinity studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, including a year at the Congregation of Holy Cross Seminary in Santiago, Chile. Assigned to St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona, in May 1990.

Father Patrick Neary visits a home in Rambula, Kenya in 2010. (photo courtesy of Jacob Neary)

Director of Congregation of Holy Cross McCauley Formation House in Nairobi, Kenya.

District Superior of Congregation of Holy Cross in East Africa in Kampala, Uganda. Chairman, Board of Governors, Our Lady Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre, Jinja, Uganda. Member of Board of Trustees, Serenity Centre, Entebbe, Uganda.

Pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon.

August 2019-June 2021
Member of Provincial Council of the U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers.

Dec. 15, 2022
Holy See announced appointment of Father Patrick Neary, C.S.C., as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Then-Bishop-elect Patrick Neary visits with Bishop Donald Kettler in the bishop’s office at the Chancery in St. Cloud Jan. 11, during his second visit to the diocese following the Dec. 15 announcement of his new appointment. (Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)

Feb. 14, 2023
Ordained as bishop of Diocese of St. Cloud at St. Mary’s Cathedral by principal ordaining bishop Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis and co-ordaining bishops Bishop William Wack, C.S.C., of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, and Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith of Portland, Oregon.


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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