As the years passed Pat sized up the stark financial and life possibilities of Ireland in the late 1920's and despite his deep love for his family, he realized his future lay in the United States. He moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1928, having been instructed by his father to "be faithful to God in America." His brother, Tom, went with him and the two stayed in their sisters' home.
When some Holy Cross priests came to preach a parish retreat, Pat and Tom presented themselves as candidates for the priesthood. Together they went to Notre Dame and studied in the seminary. Read More »