Rev. Patrick Rice, Ph.D. Obituary

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Rev. Patrick Francis Rice, Ph.D.

June 25, 1949 - September 3, 2015
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Reverend Patrick Francis Rice, 66, of Sparta, NJ went home to the Lord on September 3, 2015. Father Patrick was born in Monaghan, Ireland and came to the United States in 1974. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on June 16, 1974 at St. Mary's, Scotstown, Ireland. Father earned his PhD in Theology from Fordham University in NYC. Father Pat was a priest at St. Thomas Moore in Convent Station, NJ from 1974-1979; Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock from 1979-1994; St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, NJ from 1994-1997; St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes from 1997-2009 and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta, NJ from 2009 to the...
Reverend Patrick Francis Rice, 66, of Sparta, NJ went home to the Lord on September 3, 2015. Father Patrick was born in Monaghan, Ireland and came to the United States in 1974. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on June 16, 1974 at St. Mary's, Scotstown, Ireland. Father earned his PhD in Theology from Fordham University in NYC. Father Pat was a priest at St. Thomas Moore in Convent Station, NJ from 1974-1979; Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock from 1979-1994; St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, NJ from 1994-1997; St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes from 1997-2009 and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta, NJ from 2009 to the present. Father Rice is survived by his devoted sisters: Margaret Keenan and Agnes Kelly both of Ireland; 19 nieces and nephews in Ireland and the US; and countless friends and cousins in the US. Father Pat will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 3-9pm at St. Kateri Tekakwitha, 427 Stanhope Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am Wednesday at St. Kateri Tekakwitha. A wake will be held Thursday, September 10th from 4pm at St. Mary's Church, Scotstown, County Monaghan, Ireland. A Funeral mass will be held at 11am Friday at St. Mary's Church followed by burial at St. Mary's Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to: Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry, 32 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871.

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