Sister of St. Joseph Pat McGinley

Sister Pat McGinley was born and raised in Philadelphia, and has ministered in schools and parishes throughout the country as well as the Diocese of Trenton.

Her areas of ministry have included teaching first grade; director of religious education in Marlton; director of the Department of Small Christian Communities, Newark; International office of Renew, Newark; pastoral associate in Wayside, Princeton Junction and Hainesport parishes; vicar for Ministry and Faith Formation, Diocese of Las Vegas; special executive assistant to the president of Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.; and pastoral associate for St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville.

In addition to ministerial duties, Sister Pat served as consultant for Sadlier Book Company and National Propagation of the Faith, both Washington, D.C. She was a Mount Carmel Guild honoree in 2016.

Conventual Franciscan Brother Stephen Merrigann

Conventual Franciscan Brother Stephen Merrigan made his first profession Sept. 24, 1960.

For 18 years, he was in the Provincial Satellite Offices in Rensselaer, N.Y., where he worked with the lay staff members. He is currently retired to St. Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park, where, he says, “I now have started my new ‘career.’”

“As I look at 60 years as a professed Conventual Franciscan friar, I realize that time sure flies,” he said. “I look at every day as a 78-year-old and think of my many brother friars I have met and with whom I have lived.

“I have served in many different jobs, in several friaries and cities. When I think of what I have done, I know that I could not have done any of it without the support and good examples of all of the friars who have helped me when I needed them,” he said.