Fr. Patrick Cooney, OSB

  • Department Pastoral Studies
  • Title Assistant Professor of Canon Law


  • BS (Purdue University, 1981)
  • MA (Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 1993)
  • MDiv (Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 1991)
  • JCL (Catholic University of America, 2007)


Fr. Patrick was ordained on June 1, 1991, for the Diocese of Belleville.

In 1994, he came to the Saint Meinrad community, and professed vows as a Benedictine monk on August 6, 1995. He professed his final vows on August 15, 1998.

Fr. Patrick is an assistant professor of canon law at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He presently works full time as the judicial vicar for the Diocese of Owensboro. Fr. Patrick serves as the chair of the Canon Law Society of America’s Publication Advisory Board as well as an editor for their publication, Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions. Fr. Patrick serves on the board of directors for the Resource Center for Religious Institutes and is a retired chaplain for the Kentucky Air National Guard.