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Celebrating the life of
Father Richard Martin Patrick, O.P.
April 14, 1938 - November 24, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Vigil
  • 7:00pm - Tuesday, December 01, 2015
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • 3617 Milam Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77002

  • Visitation
  • 9:00am - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • 3617 Milam Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77002

  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • 3617 Milam Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77002

  • Burial
  • 11:30am - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • Earthman Resthaven Cemetery
  • 13102 North Freeway (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77060

  • 281-443-0063

Father Richard Martin Patrick, OP, died early in the morning of Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at St. Dominic Village Nursing Home in Houston, TX, of a progressive Alzheimer’s condition. He was 77 years old. Father Patrick was born in Denver, Colorado on April 14, 1938, the oldest child of Martin J. Patrick and Genevieve Van Aelstyn, both deceased and is survived by his two sisters, Ann G. (John) Keelan and Mary R. (Pat) Laurienti, both of Denver. He was baptized at St. Dominic Dominican Parish in Denver on May 1, 1938; most of his early schooling was in Denver. He received his higher education at Loras College, a Liberal Arts College in Dubuque, Iowa, in preparation to enter the Dominican Order. In August of 1958, in Winona, Minnesota, he was vested with the black and white habit of the Dominican Friars, where he spent one year as a novice. On August 31, 1959 he made his simple profession and three years later, on August 31, 1962, made his solemn profession at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Illinois.
Fr. Patrick did his philosophical and theological studies with the Dominicans in Dubuque, Iowa and River Forest, Illinois, where he received his B.A. in Theology. He was ordained a priest on June 6, 1965 at St. Rose Priory, Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 1966 he was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Dominic’s Church in New Orleans, LA, where he ministered until August 1973. From then until August 1980 he was assigned as a Campus Minister at the University of Houston, working in collaboration with other Friars and the Houston Dominican Sisters. Collaborating with Sisters would be a model he would use in all his ministries. While a campus minister at UH he pursued and earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW). When the Southern Dominican Province was formed on December 8, 1979, he joined the new Province and in 1980 was named the Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish, in Columbia, South Carolina, and African-American Catholic Community. He served this parish until December, 1986 when he accepted an assignment to serve as Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Services at St. Joseph Hospital – now St. Joseph Medical Center. This was to be his last and longest ministry. For 27 years Fr. Patrick offered the staff, the sick and those in need, solace, healing, comfort and compassionate care along with ministering the Sacraments.
Due to the advancement of his Alzheimer’s condition he retired on February 14, 2015. He loved Opera and Classical Music. Over the years, his friendship with the Lanahan Family was a source of support and comfort, in particular, Marvin and Mary, who closely attended him during his illness.
Visitation will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam St. on Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the recitation of the rosary and a Vigil of the Office for the Dead at 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will also be held at Holy Rosary Church on Wednesday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m., preceded by visitation at 9:00 a.m. Internment will follow at the Dominican Friars Plot at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Fr. Patrick may be made to "The Southern Dominican Province Retire Fund" or to the Gentiva Hospice, 6700 West Loop South, Suite 250, Bellaire, TX 77401. May he rest in God’s peace.

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