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Monday, July 18, 2016

Idaho Family Camp


Liz and I had a wonderful time at Idaho Family Camp. We met our friends who traveled all the way from California to attend, the Baughs, and also met so many wonderful people.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Beautiful Idaho

Special time with my daughter!


Mackenzie, who is a student at Loyola in Chicago, came to visit and we have a special Dad / Daughter adventure. I love you Koots!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Feeling Very Blessed


Hello Friends,

So much has happened in such a short amount of time. I am reactivating the www.DeaconPat.net blog since we have returned from our Guatemala mission and from exclusively using the www.CatholicMission.net site. 

Well, we have returned from our missionary year and I am now working in Caldwell, Idaho as a Psychiatric Assessment Nurse evaluating patients in the ER and ICU for their psychiatric needs. It is a good job and the good news is that it is just three days a week (12 hour shifts) so it frees up a lot of time for work at the parish and for quality time spent with my beautiful wife. 

I have applied for a transfer of diocese from Sacramento to Boise, and I am waiting to hear for the approval. I am hoping that I will be able to serve at Our Lady of the Valley parish in Caldwell, Idaho. It is a wonderful and vibrant parish led by Father Flores with fervent English and Spanish speaking communities. Please pray that the Bishop accepts me and places me there.

Liz is doing great and is busy rebuilding a home for us. As you may recall we sold EVERYTHING when we left on mission a year ago.

I will keep this short for now, but I just wanted to check in and say WE ARE BACK!

God Bless,

Deacon Pat

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catholic Men-In-Motion



I feel so blessed.

Many years ago I had a dream of forming a Men's group that could meet in the outdoors and enjoy nature while at the same time allowing the men to grow in their faith. With the help of a few friends, especially Mike and Dennis, we formed the Men-In-Motion retreats where Catholic Men came together to do manly things while still experiencing God and adhering to our Catholic life principles.

We have climbed mountains, traveled down rivers, built snow shelters, and even lived in caves. With each adventure Jesus was present in our hearts, prayers, and personally in the Eucharist thanks to Fathers Jonathan, Mauricio, and Memo.

As I pulled away to become a full-time missionary Mike and Dennis kept the movement alive and even grew it larger than before. 

I hope I can form a new chapter of Men-In-Motion in Idaho, my new missionary adventure. :)

Here is a short video or the most recent Men-In-Motion retreat.

Sincerely,

Deacon Pat

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We Are Back in the USA!!!


After 8 months on Mission in Guatemala we are now back in the USA!

Liz and I have returned to the USA after a wonderful time in Guatemala. Our "Mission Year" was cut a little short for a few reasons, but with happy and sad hearts we are back. We are sad to leave our family and friends in Guatemala, but we are happy and excited for the new opportunity and see where God will use us next

I have accepted a nursing position as the Assessment / Referral Nurse for the behavioral health unit at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, and we will be moving there in a few days.

We are currently driving across the US. We landed in San Antonio, TX, and after visiting our son, Sean, we are making our way toward Idaho.


After finding a home in Caldwell we will make a short visit to California and then return to Idaho to begin establishing our new lives. We are experiencing a little culture shock but are looking forward to Idaho and especially the parish which has a Spanish Speaking population. :)