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. Fernando Melendez Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru on March 12, 1964 to Pascual Melendez and Maria Castaneda. He has six siblings, including three brothers (George, Michael and Isidro) and three sisters (Ruth, Zoila and Laura). His sister, Ruth, has been a sister in the Order of St. Vincent de Paul in Peru since 1997.
He went to high school at Fe y Alegria in Peru, which translates to “Faith and Happiness”. He then went on to the San Carlos Seminary in Trujillo, Peru. He was ordained a priest on November 1, 1993 and then went on to be the Parochial Vicar at Sacred Family in his hometown of Chimbote, Peru. He then went on to study sacred scriptures in Rome, Italy for four years.
Fr. Fernando returned to Peru to become a teacher at the San Carlos Seminary for 15 years. While teaching at the seminary twice a week, he also served as the pastor at several parishes in Chimbote, Peru.
His favorite part of the Catholic Church is teaching and spreading the word of God. He also enjoys visiting families and people that are in need.
Fr. Fernando enjoys traveling and climbing mountains.