Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Br. Patrick Shea, OFM

Brother Patrick T. Shea, O.F.M., 69, died on September
29, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital fortified with the sacraments of his faith and
the prayerful support of his brothers and sisters in religious life and of his
colleagues at the Diocese of Springfield Pastoral Center.



Born June 29, 1948 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, the son of
Francis Michael and Martha (Early) Shea, he lived with his family in Shell
Lake, Wisconsin and Ashland, Wisconsin.



He joined the Order of Friars Minor, the Province of the
Sacred Heart in 1978 and made his solemn vows on October 4, 1983.



Bro. Pat was a graduate of Northland College (1970) and
earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin, being admitted to the
State Bar of Wisconsin and later to the State Bars in Ohio and Illinois. He
earned a doctoral degree in Canon Law from Catholic University of America
(1993) and had served in the Springfield Diocese from 1993 to 2002, before
moving to Cleveland and serving as General Counsel for that Diocese. He
returned to the Springfield Diocese in 2015 where he had been serving as Vice
Chancellor, Liaison for Religious, Defender of the Bond and Promotor of Justice
since.



Bro. Pat is survived by two older brothers, Jeremy and
James and their families.