Pastor: Fr. Patrick Burns
Phone: 262-377-1070 ext. 325
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Fr. Patrick Burns 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.
In 2016, Fr. Patrick enthusiastically took on his new assignment as associate pastor of St. Francis Borgia. In 2017, he was named administrator of the parish and in 2018 was named pastor. Fr. Patrick 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.