Ordained in New Orleans

Father Patrick Hough with family members at his ordination in New Orleans.
Father Patrick Hough with family members at his ordination in New Orleans.

FORMER Ribble Valley man Patrick Hough has been ordained a Jesuit Priest at the Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, in New Orleans, USA.

Born and raised in Hurst Green, Patrick attended St Augustine’s High School in Billington from 1985 to 1990, during which time he demonstrated his early musical ability in productions such as “Yanomamo”, and his love of foreign parts by travelling with the school to New York to perform it.

He went on to study for his A- levels at Stonyhurst College. An athlete and musician, he spent a gap year teaching maths and geography, coaching tennis, and working with the music programme at St Ignatius Loyola at Riverview Sydney, Australia.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Leeds University while developing his musical talent through an organ scholarship at Leeds cathedral, and followed this with a second bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also spent an additional year in Rome studying theology at the Pontifical Angelicum University.

on entering the Jesuit novitiate in the Louisiana Province in the USA, Patrick served both the Sacred Heart Church in El Paso and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in medieval history from Fordham University in New York City. Serving as music director for the Sunday evening student Mass at St Paul’s Church on its Lincoln Centre campus, he used the opportunity to study orchestral conducting and singing at the Julliard School there.

For his regency, Patrick taught and served as coach of the rowing team at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas, Texas, after which he earned his licentiate in sacred theology in liturgy from Santa Clara School of Theology at Berkeley, California. While there, he served as assistant coach of the freshman rowing team at the University of California.

This summer, Patrick has been assigned to pastoral work in England and will serve as a chaplain at World Youth Day in Madrid. In the autumn, he will begin priestly ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Throughout the progression of his Vocation to the Priesthood he has always had the support of his friends and family back home in the Ribble Valley, especially his grandmother, Lucy Wilkinson, of Hurst Green. Unfortunately his “Nana” died in February of this year and missed celebrating his ordination with him. Happily Patrick was able to visit her before her death and accepted a red vestment made by her prior to her illness, to be worn by him in his ministry.

This Saturday, July 9th, Fr Hough will be celebrating a Parish Mass of Thanksgiving at Stonyhurst.