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. Yerasani Savio
I am Fr. Yerasani Savio, but you can call me "Savio." I am a priest from the Diocese of Nellore, India. I am an only child. At the age of one, my father died. I was brought up in the loving care of my mother. She began to work as a cook for the religious sisters. I did my school studies from Grades 1-10 at St. Ann's School with these same religious sisters. During my school days, I was inspired by the good work of one particular nun who is a clinical doctor in the mission hospital run by the same sisters. She is very prayerful and dedicated in her work and in her mission. With her encouragement, I was inspired to become a priest.
After finishing my education, I joined the Diocesan Minor Seminary in 1996. We have 14 years of different stages of formation in seminary. From 1996-99, I did my minor seminary with intermediate studies. From 1999-2002, I did my college studies for a Bachelor's Degree in commerce and from 2002-05, I did my Philosophical studies in our state regional seminary. After that, we have one year of pastoral experience and I was placed in the Bishop's house to assist the Bishop in his pastoral work. From 2006-09, I did my theology in the National Seminary, called Papal Seminary, Pune. On June 12, 2009, I received my diaconate ordination and worked in Nayudupeta Parish in my diocese of Nellore. On April 26, 2010, the day of my long dream had been fulfilled by received the Sacred Ordination by our Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Moses D. Prakasam.
As a priest, I began my ministry in 2010. From 2010-11, I worked as an associate priest in the Anglo-Indian Parish, and from 2011-12 I served as an associate priest in St. Joseph's Cathedral, Nellore. From 2012-15 I was appointed as a pastor of Mary Help of Christians Church, Bestavaripet Parish to serve 250 families with seven mission stations. It's a great joy to work in this mission parish and I gained good mission experience. From 2015-17, I was appointed as Personal Secretary to the Bishop, and to serve our Bishop in Pastoral work and to the Diocese in administration. I am very grateful to my Bishop for his guidance and fatherly care.
With the invitation of Most Rev. Dr. Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison through the correspondence of Msgr. James Bartylla, Vicar General, I was offered to lend my priestly service to the Diocese of Madison. The diocese had given me an appointment as parochial vicar to serve the faithful of Watertown Catholic Community. I thank the Lord for this beautiful place of ministry in USA. I was given a warm welcome by Fr. Patrick, Fr. Alex and all the people of St. Henry and St. Bernard Parishes. God has given me a good gift to serve in these parishes and I will be faithful in serving the people of God.
My daily prayer and wish is that, the good Lord bless all our people in Watertown and their families with peace, joy, happiness, good health and prosperity. May our Blessed mother be our intercessor of all our families.