Reverend Father Patrick O'Rourke

Biography

Fr. Patrick was born on January 15, 1986 to Dennis and Suzanne O'Rourke in Toledo, Ohio.

He is the youngest of two siblings, with an older sister, Beth. He was raised in a non-denominational Pentecostal church, and was involved in local non-denominational churches and their youth programs through high school. 

After graduating from Whitmer High School, Fr. Patrick enrolled at The Ohio State University, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and earned a degree in Journalism. While in his final year at Ohio State, Fr. Patrick began reading Roman history, and was impressed by the story of St. Constantine, whom he had heard of from his fraternity. Only nominally Christian at the time, the peculiarity of St. Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor, struck him as something he would be interested in looking into further.

Shortly thereafter, he gave in to his father's admonition to pray, read the Bible and go to church. So,  Fr. Patrick wandered into a Christian book store and was immediately struck by a book  with an Byzantine icon and beeswax candles on the cover. It was called "Light From the Christian East", and recalling his study of Constantine and his Eastern Roman Empire, Fr. Patrick bought the book immediately and read it in the next two days. 

A few weeks passed and Fr. Patrick decided to go to the beautiful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. There, he looked up into the dome and saw Christ, seated on His heavenly throne, looking back down at him, an blessing him. He knew that he had found the True Faith. Fr. Patrick was Chrismated into the Church on August 24, 2008.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2009, Fr. Patrick moved to Tennessee to pursue a career in public relations. While living in Tennessee, Fr. Patrick's interest became piqued in Byzantine art, iconography, architecture, and chant.

Seeking to continue his academic pursuits, Fr. Patrick applied, and was accepted, to the John Jay Fellows Program at Philadelphia's John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, and Law. After a semester of an intense Great Books program, Fr. Patrick moved to Charleston, SC for an internship with Andrew Gould, an architect and craftsman who designs churches and furnishings for the Orthodox Church. Together with some others, they built and published the Orthodox Arts Journal, an online publication featuring the very best of Orthodox liturgical art in the 21st Century, especially in the "West". During that summer, Fr. Patrick applied to both Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. 

Once at Holy Cross, Fr. Patrick met a young lady from Austin, TX. She was enrolled at Hellenic College, and he and his future presbytera began dating soon after meeting. One year after their relationship began, Fr. Patrick asked Presvytera Jessica to marry him, and they were joined in Holy Matrimony at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, TX by His Eminince Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit on June 7, 2014.

Fr. Patrick was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Palm Sunday 2016 by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Toledo, OH. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Holy Cross later in the Spring. He immediately left for Crete, where he assisted at the Great and Holy Council. Returning to the States in July, Fr. Patrick received his assignment to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY. He and Presbytera moved to Yonkers in July, and Father began his ministry on August 1. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America at Holy Trinity on September 18, 2016.

Glory to God for all things!