Father Pat Named Monsignor by Pope Francis

Father Pat Named Monsignor By Pope Francis
Posted on 11/07/2018
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Pope names Port Washington pastor Monsignor

Pope Francis has conferred the title of monsignor, at the level of Chaplain to His Holiness, upon Father Patrick J. Whitney, pastor of the St. Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington.
The honor will be officially conferred upon Msgr. Whitney by Bishop Barres at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Peter of Alcantara on December 2.
“Msgr. Patrick Whitney is an inspiration to the parishioners he has served for decades and an inspiration to priests who value his wisdom, experience, generosity and fraternal charity,” said Bishop Barres.
The title of monsignor is a distinction given to certain priests as a papal honor recognizing the priest’s service to the Church. The diocesan bishop nominates candidates and submits the names and biographies to the Holy See. The Holy Father then, if he wishes, bestows the honor upon the priest.  
“It took me by surprise when Bishop Barres told me,” said Msgr. Whitney. “It was a pleasant surprise and I said a Hail Mary and thanked God for the priesthood which I have so enjoyed.” 
There are three grades of papal honors which carry the title Monsignor: Protonotary Apostolic, which are usually priests who are working in the Vatican; Prelates of Honor to His Holiness, which were historically associates with the chamberlain of the papal court, and Chaplains to His Holiness.  This honor can be conferred to priests inside or outside of the Roman Curia.  A Chaplain to His Holiness wears a black cassock with fuchsia piping and buttons along with a fuchsia sash. 
Priests who are given papal honors and thus named monsignors are considered to be members of the papal household and thus are listed in the Annuario Pontificio, which is the papal yearbook.  
Msgr. Whitney 74, was born in County Longford, Ireland, and educated there and in Dublin. He was ordained a priest in 1968 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  After a brief assignment as chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Rockville Centre, he served as associate pastor at the St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square; St. Anne, Garden City; St. Mary, Roslyn and St. Philip Neri, Northport. 
Msgr. Whitney also served as the founding pastor of the Church of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma.