Father Paul Fagan, C.P.
Father Paul Fagan, C.P. grew up in Port Vue, Pa., a little town south of Pittsburgh. At the age of 14, his family moved Harrisburg, PA but just for a year and then it was on to the Philadelphia area where he finished his high school education. Once he finished high school it was time to start out on his own, so Fr. Paul made his way to St. Louis, where he attended St. Louis University. He received a BSSW, (Social Work), from St. Louis University in 1976 and immediately went to work for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Care Worker. During his four and a half years with DCFS, Fr. Paul worked with abused and neglected children and their families, teenagers and was involved in specialized adoptions.
In September of 1980, Fr. Paul answered a life long invitation by entering the Passionist Residence Program in Philadelphia, Pa. After a year, he moved on to the Novitiate in Pittsburgh and took vows as a Passionist on August 22, 1982. His Passionist journey then took him to Chicago where he studied at Catholic Theological Union. Fr. Paul completed his studies in June of 1986 with a Masters of Divinity with a Word and Worship Specialization.
He was ordained on June 18, 1986 and assigned to the Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Jamaica Queens, New York. He ministered in the retreat house for 8 years offering weekend retreats and evening programs to adults and midweek retreat days to students. During his time in retreat work, Fr. Paul attended a few classes at Fordham University in drama. He tries to apply the skills of acting and drama to his preaching ministry.
In May 1994, Fr. Paul was elected to the Provincial Council of the Eastern Province of the Passionist Community. He served the province as a consultor to the provincial until May of 1998. At the time of his election, Fr. Paul was transferred to the Passionist Itinerant Preaching Ministry, and over the next five years used the talents, skills and experience developed during his retreat ministry days to enrich parishes with Missions, Renewals and Retreats.
Fr. Paul is in his ninth year as retreat director of the Passionist Spiritual Center. He is energized by the ministry of preaching. Giving people good words to reflect on and prayerful celebrations is what he always hopes to accomplish when he enters the preaching moment. One of his heroes has always been the Apostle Paul, a traveling preacher himself. Sharing his faith with others in a genuine way, as St. Paul did, is Fr. Paul's life long goal! He works at being a quiet peaceful man; with an interest in people and the goodness and joy, they can bring to life.
Fr. Paul is an avid sports fan with his first love being baseball. He enjoys exercise of all kinds, especially skiing in the winter. He is also a marathon runner and will be running the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009. He has also learned to enjoy culture and theater, which has been helped by his 20 years in New York area. Fr. Paul enjoys quiet time to, especially watching rivers like the Hudson just flow by!