Fr. Pat was born in Winston-Salem, NC on August 31, 1961 to William James Keane (dec.) and Julia Joski (dec.) the youngest of four children. He was baptized on March 17, 1962 by Father Jesse Creel at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Winston-Salem.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1984. He worked for NCDOT from 1984-1995 and he received a Master Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990.
During the time he worked for DOT, he answered God’s call to be a priest. He entered the Diocesan program of discernment in 1996. He did a pastoral year at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh (1996-1997) and then went to El Salvador for a year of missionary work (1997-1998). In 1998 he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. His summer assignments were: Clinton (1999), Kinston (2000), CPE at WakeMed (2001), Spanish Studies, Guadalajara Mexico (2002). He was ordained to the transitional diaconate January 11, 2003 and to the priesthood on May 31, 2003 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, in Raleigh, North Carolina by Bishop Joseph Gossman.
For his first assignment he was sent to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina as Parochial Vicar (2003-2005). In 2005, he was assigned to St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington, North Carolina also as Parochial Vicar. In 2006 he was appointed Vicar for Hispanics, a position he held until 2008. He was Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton Grove from 2007 to 2012. His last parish assignment before St. Mark was as pastor of St. Mary in Goldsboro.
With his desire to be a missionary priest, Fr. Pat founded a foundation called THE LEAST AMONG US. Through this foundation, he is able to carry on with his mission work by building Catholic schools and providing scholarships in El Salvador, Central America.
Fr. Pat enjoys lifting weights, playing golf, old cars, Military History and has two Siamese cats: Lucy and Agnes.
Fr. Michael was born in Stanford, CA on May 2, 1984 to Stephen and Christina Burbeck. His family moved to North Carolina when he was five years old, and he grew up in Apex. He was baptized in Penny Road Church of the Nazarene at the age of ten and attended that church for several years before growing dissatisfied with it. Following a profound conversion experience while travelling in Europe, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2003 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary.
Following some time away from school, Father attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a B.S. in Economics in 2006. While there, he was involved with the Newman Center where he became further convinced that God was calling him to the priesthood. After being accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh, he did a pastoral year at St. Ann’s in Clayton and then entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia in 2007. While at the seminary, Father developed a love for sacred music and Liturgy, first singing in and then directing one of the seminary choirs. As a seminarian, he was assigned at Saint Anthony of Padua in Southern Pines, Immaculate Conception in Clinton, and here at Saint Mark. He also spent a spirituality year in residence at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton Grove with Fr. Pat, two months in Guatemala and Honduras for Spanish immersion and missionary work, and two summers of intensive spiritual formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE.
Father has one older brother who lives in England with his wife and two children, and his parents split their time between their homes in Carolina Beach and England. In his free time, Father Michael enjoys music and the arts, reading, the outdoors, horseback riding and the occasional game of basketball or round of golf. His interests are the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Sacred Liturgy, Canon Law, and theology and spirituality in general.