Memory Eternal - Dr. Reader Patrick

When I received the e-mail notice that Dr. Patrick had fallen asleep in the Lord, I could not believe it.  I had no idea that he has had health problems and was sick.  I was looking forward to being with him again at Orientale Lumen in 2016.  I was just with him for OL 2015 just a few days earlier.

I took MTA to Penn Station, the MARC train to Union Station in Washington DC, and then Metrorail and Metrobus to St. Nicholas Catedral for the funeral.  Since I had the time, I took pictures of the cathedral.  This was my parish before I went to the seminary.  It is one of the four parishes which I call home.  After the funeral I took a picture of the grave site since it was different than what I normally see.  A Catholic priest who was there said that it was unusual to lower the body into the grave while we were still there and I replied that this is the standard for me.

We then went to the mercy meal at a country club.  It was really beautiful.  I wish that I could had spent an hour taking photographs there, both inside and outside.

Last year Dr. Patrick took me over to the Newman Bookstore and I fell in love with the place.  They had some wonderful books which I cannot begin to afford.  I think that he had all the books by Fr. Robert Taft SJ, the world's leading expert on liturgical theology.  I met Fr. Robert at Orientale Lumen about eleven years ago.  We have been friends ever since. 

I enjoyed hearing Dr. Patrick reading and chanting.  He will be greatly missed.
 

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