Pastor: Fr. Patrick Wendler
Fr. Pat was born in Milwaukee, WI and as a child moved to Manitowoc and then Kenosha, WI due to his father’s job before the family finally settled in Sun Prairie, WI. As he grew into adulthood his own career took him from Sun Prairie to Tomah and then Oshkosh before he returned to Sun Prairie after his mother’s death.
Prior to entering the seminary to become a priest Fr. Pat was in the service and sales industries. Immediately before entering the seminary he was the Route Supervisor for the Village Hearth Bread Company. After beginning his studies one of his classmates remarked to him that “he went from one ‘bread company’ to another – from feeding people physically to feeding them spiritually.”
Fr. Pat was a “late vocation” in the sense that he was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ at the age of 43. After several years of formation at St. John XXIII Seminary in Boston, MA he was ordained by Reverend Bishop Robert Morlino in 2008.
Since his ordination he has had the privilege of serving the people of St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee, WI as Parochial Vicar, and the people of St. Joseph Parish in Dodgeville, WI as Pastor.
He is currently the Pastor of both St. Bernard and St. Henry Catholic Parishes in Watertown, WI. He thanks God daily for the many wonderful people that he has been blessed to serve and work alongside over the course of his priesthood.
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Miroslaw Szynal
A native of Poland, I was ordained on May 26, 1990 in the Diocese of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg. After five years as a pastoral minister in Poland, I was a missionary in Tanzania, Africa for two years. I returned to my pastoral ministry in Poland in 1997, and in 2003, I traveled across the Atlantic to continue my priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface in Manitoba, Canada. From 2010 to 2012, I served the Inuit people of the Churchill-Hudson Bay Diocese in Northern Manitoba. I have spent the past five years in the (slightly) warmer climate of southwestern Montana, serving as pastoral minister of several parishes within the Diocese of Helena.
I am fluent in the Polish, English, and German, and I enjoy hunting and fishing in my free time. I am looking forward to serving the good people of St. Bernard and St. Henry parishes.