Pastor: Fr. Thomas Eichenberger
Phone: 262-377-1070 ext. 223
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Fr. Tom Eichenberger, a Milwaukee native, grew up in Brookfield with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. His parents were charter members of St. Luke parish in Brookfield, and he attended grade school there.
Fr. Tom later studied at De Sales Preparatory High School and St. Francis Seminary, where he received his B.A. cum laude and M.Div. degrees, with a concentration in New Testament Scriptures. Before his ordination, he served for three years at St. Matthew’s parish in Oak Creek. Archbishop William E. Cousins ordained Fr. Tom in 1976.
After his ordination, Fr. Tom’s first assignment was at Holy Assumption parish in West Allis. Other parish assignments were at St. John Vianney in Brookfield, Holy Family in Cudahy, and St. Veronica Parish on Milwaukee’s South Side. Fr. Tom was named pastor of St. Francis Borgia in 2003, one year after the completed merger of the St. Francis Borgia and Divine Word parishes of Cedarburg. His pastoral interests, in addition to preaching and presiding at Mass, include teaching youth, leading Bible study, and working with the parish staff.
Prior to coming to Cedarburg, Fr. Tom served as dean of district 15, which included the southeastern section of Milwaukee County. Once in Cedarburg, he was named dean of district 10 (Ozaukee County). As of July 1, 2015, districts were reconfigured and Fr. Tom was named dean of the Ozaukee/Milwaukee Northeast Deanery. Deans serve the archbishop as go-between or connection between the archbishop and a parish or priest in any matter that the archbishop assigns.
Associate Pastor: Fr. Patrick Burns
Phone: 262-377-1070 ext. 225
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Fr. Patrick grew up in Fox Point prior to moving to Mequon in the mid-1990s. He is the third of four children. After graduating from high school, Fr. Patrick went on to study for two years at Cardinal Stritch University. From there, he transferred to Loyola University in Chicago where he entered into college seminary. He completed a BA in philosophy in preparation for major (graduate level) seminary. His major seminary formation took place at St. Francis de Sales Seminary on the south side of Milwaukee. While there, he completed his Masters in Divinity from Sacred Heart School of Theology and provided ministry to St. Veronica Parish in Milwaukee.
After Fr. Patrick was ordained a priest in May of 2013, he began his first assignment at St. Charles Parish in Hartland, Wisconsin. His time there was a great joy and a gift for him. He met many lifelong friends and learned many vital lessons on living out the priesthood today. Fr. Patrick has now enthusiastically taken on his new assignment as associate pastor of St. Francis Borgia. He looks forward to helping the people of the parish and the community to come to know Christ more deeply every day.
Weekend Associate: Fr. Alan Veik, Capuchin
After Fr. Al Veik was ordained to the priesthood in 1967, he completed a degree in counseling psychology. His first assignment was as a seminary teacher and director of formation for the Capuchins, his religious community.
In 1975, Fr. Al began ministry at the Milwaukee County Jail, providing ministry to the street poor while developing the jail chaplaincy program. During this period he ministered to the inmates individually and through religious services. Fr. Al also provided human relations training to southeastern Wisconsin deputies and officers, and participated in community education and religious services in the Archdiocese to educate on issues of criminal justice.
As a direct result of his experiences ministering among the poor alongside hundreds of volunteers, he helped found the Benedict Institute for Urban Ministry in 1985. The Institute has assisted the theology schools in the Milwaukee area – Sacred Heart School of Theology, St. Francis, and Nashota House (Episcopalian) – by interning students in the jail for the field education departments.
In 1991, Fr. Al completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in theological reflection at St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein, IL. He has developed methods for bringing the poor together with others to share spiritualities, and has developed skills for social analysis, theological reflection and pastoral action.
While still volunteering at the jail, Fr. Al lives at the House of Peace in Milwaukee and assists in its administration. He works with a team to run programs for the Benedict Institute for Urban Ministry. He serves as a weekend associate here at St. Francis Borgia Parish.