Rev. Patrick John Persinger

1941 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Rev. Patrick John Persinger Obituary
Rev. Patrick John Persinger January 1, 1941 - July 10, 2012 Rev. Patrick John Persinger was born in Los Angeles, CA, the fifth of fourteen children of Milton and Harriet Persinger. Patrick graduated from Antelope Valley High School, Lancaster, CA in 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years including duty in the Philippine Islands. After being discharged Patrick worked a variety of jobs in Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and California. Patrick began his priesthood formation at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon and received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Theology. Patrick was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fresno by Most Rev. Joseph J. Madera, M.Sp. S. on May 23, 1987 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Fresno, CA. He served in several parishes in the Diocese and as the Pastor at St. Jude in Wofford Heights and St. Mary's in Rosemond and Mojave. Patrick also served the Fresno Diocese as the Hospital Chaplain in Bakersfield. He had a special interest in church history and Sacred Scripture and loved to teach. Retiring in 2010 in the Twin Oaks area, Patrick enjoyed deep sea fishing, fly fishing the Kern river, an occasional round of golf in Kernville and spent many hours at home reading. He also enjoyed feeding the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Bakersfield. Patrick is survived by his brothers Lee, Tim, Terry, Lanny and Jim. Sisters Sally, Shirley, Colleen, Sue, Dy and Pam. Patrick was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Tom and sister Liz. There will be a Rosary at St. Francis Catholic Church, Monday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, July 17th at St. Francis Catholic Church, in Bakersfield, CA 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. There will be a 10:30 a.m. Rosary, followed by a 11:00 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church in Wofford Heights, CA Friday, July 20th with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Fr., Patrick requested donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center, Bakersfield, CA. Mission Family Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from July 14 to July 15, 2012
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