St. Patrick Catholic Church
Reverend Paul Liston's 50th Anniversary

May, 2008

Father Paul Liston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this year. A native Washingtonian, he was ordained on May 31, 1958 by Archbishop Patrick O'Boyle at St. Matthew's Cathedral. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Catholic University and a master's degree in English from Georgetown University. He completed his graduate studies in pastoral counseling at Loyola University in Baltimore. He attended Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University in New York. After his ordination, he served as the associate pastor at St. Hugh Parish in Greenbelt, St. Francis Xavier Parish in Washington, and St. Matthias in Lanham. He was the pastor at Holy Face Parish in Great Mills from 1981-87. He served as a senior priest at St. Patrick's in Washington from 1994-2001. He taught at Mackin High School and Cathedral Latin School from 1962-71 while in residence at Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase. He also served in campus ministry at American University. He retired in 2001. Father Liston is a past president of The Catholic Historical Society of Washington.. He is currently a co-editor and writer for Potomac Catholic Heritage, the magazine of The Catholic Historical Society.

Looking back over his years as a priest, Father Liston said, "It is, of course, a special gift to serve God as a priest, but along the way I have also met so many impressive people in our parishes who gave me a [solid] model of what a Christian life should be. That not only encouraged me, but gave me incentive to be a better priest. So looking back over five decades, I'm especially grateful for the parishioners I have encountered."

Biography courtesy of the Catholic Standard.