St. Patrick Catholic Church
Previous Priests of Our Parish

[Webmaster's Note 9/19/10: This is only a partial listing and is a work in progress.]

Most Reverend Leonard Olivier, S.V.D.
Ordained in 1951, Bishop Olivier served the Divine Word Missionaries in various leadership positions for the next thirty-one years. In 1982, he was named pastor of St. Anthony's in Lafeyette, Louisiana, and became Vicar for Black Catholics in the Diocese of Lafeyette in 1986. Pope John Paul II named him Auxiliary Bishop of Washington in 1988. Bishop Olivier retired in 2004 and resided at St. Patrick's in retirement until February 2013. The Bishop celebrated his 60th anniversary as a priest in June, 2011; a photo gallery is online. Bishop Olivier passed away on November 20, 2014. For a more complete biography of the bishop, visit

Reverend Monsignor Robert Panke
Ordained in 1996, Monsignor Panke's first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Peter's in Olney. In 2000, he became chaplain of the Newman Center at George Washington University for two years, until becoming director of priest vocations, his current position. He has been an Archdiocesan Consultor, a member of the Presbyteral Council, Priest Retirement Board and Archdiocesan Vocations Team and a chaplain to the George Washington University Knights of Columbus. He has resided at St. Patrick's since 2002, and was named a prelate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. On April 18, 2011, Cardinal Wuerl named Msgr. Panke as Rector of the Archdiocese's new Blessed John Paul II Seminary. Msgr. Panke moved to his new residence in August, 2011.

Reverend Monsignor Michael diTeccia Farina
Ordained in 1954, Monsignor Farina’s first two assignments were at Holy Family Church in Hillcrest Heights, and St. Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, before being named founding pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Forestville, and then pastor at Mount Calvary Church in Forestville. Named a Monsignor in 1984, he is founder and president of the Paul VI Institute for the Arts; past president and board member of the Catholic Historical Society of Washington; founder, Washington Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums; Vatican representative in Washington for Patrons of the Vatican Museums; Vatican representative to the International Conference on Museums and Sites; consultor, Pontifical Commission on World Culture; board member of Support our Aging Religious; and member of the Committee on Iconography for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Awards include SOAR’s Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, the Catholic Historical Society of Washington’s Fr. Andrew White, S.J. Award, and the Vatican Museum’s Antonius Canova Medal for Distinguished Service. He resided at St. Patrick's from 1976 to 2009, before moving to the O'Boyle Residence for Retired Priests. Photos from Monsignor Farina's 9/20/09 farewell party are online. Msgr. passed away on February 10, 2010. More details about him are available online.

Reverned Paul Liston
Senior Priest, 1994-2001
Father Liston celebrated at St. Patrick's the 50th anniversary of his ordination in May 2008. Read more here. He passed away on March 23, 2016, at the age of 84.

Reverend Monsignor Roger Roensch
Msgr. Roger Roensch often stayed at St. Patrick's when he was back home from his regular duties leading the Bishops’ Office for United States Visitors to the Vatican in Rome. Msgr. Roensch was a priest in our Archdiocese and had various assignments in Washington and was appointed Director of the Bishop’s Office for US Visitors to the Vatican in Rome in 1996. He continued with that assignment until his ‘retirement’ in 2010 and continued to assist the Director of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education. He never really retired. Msgr. Roensch would visit Saint Patrick’s twice a year, in June and again in November and each time he came back he would always say, ‘It is good to be home’. He really did feel Saint Patrick’s was his home away from home because of the warm reception you always gave to him. Msgr. Roensch was a priest for 58 years and always enjoyed celebrating the Mass and administering the sacraments. He passed away December 25, 2015, in Rome. He will surely be missed in Rome and here. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor Roensch.

Reverend Matthew Ernest
Resident, _____, 2006 to June, 2008
Ordained in 2004, Father Ernest is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. He changed his residence in June 2008 to Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in N.E. Washington, while continuing his studies at Catholic University. He resided at St. Patrick’s while he pursued a degree in Liturgical Studies. Prior to his arrival at St. Patrick’s in 2006, Father Ernest served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s Church in Bronxville, New York. (To learn more about Father Ernest, read the profile of him that appeared in Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.)

Reverend Brian Sanderfoot
Resident, 2008-2010
Father Sanderfoot is originally from Wisconsin and spent time as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill prior to entering the seminary. He began his ministry at St. Elizabeth's in Rockville, Maryland, in 2006, his first full-time assignment since being ordained. We welcomed him as he began his new assignment at the Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Washington. Father Sanderfoot was appointed parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier Church in Newtowne, Maryland, effective September 8. His last Mass here before he leaves is September 5, 2010 at 12:00pm. Father Sanderfoot is looking forward to his new assignment. We all wish him well and will miss him.

Reverend Monsignor Charles V. Antonicelli
Resident, 2011-2012
Monsignor Antonicelli began his career as a lawyer before discerning a call to the priesthood and being accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1988. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Hickey on June 26, 1993 and was assigned as associate pastor at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (1993-1996), and then at St. Andrew Apostle Parish (1996-1998). He went to Rome for doctoral studies in canon law in 1998 and wasappointed Vice Chancellor upon his return. In 2001, Msgr. Antonicelli became the priest secretary to Cardinal McCarrick and a year later began his service at St. Joseph's Church, eventually being named pastor in 2003. He was named a monsignor in 2006 and resided at St. Patrick's from 2011-June, 2012.

Reverend C. Gregory Butta
Father Butta was educated in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Europe. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology and two master's degrees from the Univeristy of Maryland and the Jesuit Pontifical Gregoriana University in Rome, Italy. He received his doctorate from The American University. After ordination in 1991 at The North American College in Rome, he served as chaplain of the Georgetown University Knights of Columbus and the Georgetown University Sodality. Father Butta was pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church and Administrator of St. Nicholas parish. Father Butta is available for spiritual, group, and individual psychotherapy. He resided at St. Patrick's from __________.

Rev. Fabrizio Meroni
Fr. Fabrizio Meroni, a PIME missionary priest, worked as Coordinator of the Five Year Project for the Renewal of the Philosophy Department at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1996-2000). From 2001 to 2011, he served as Director of the Center for Culture and Christian Formation (CCFC) of the Archdiocese of Belém do Pará, Brazil, and Coordinator of University Pastoral Ministry for the same Archdiocese. For 11 years he also taught courses in Systematic Theology at the Instituto Regional de Formação Presbiteral (IRFP) of the Brazilian Bishops Conference (CNNB-NORTE 2) in Belém do Pará and at the Diocesan Seminary of Patos de Minas, Minas Gerais. From 2006 to 2011 he acted as President of the Amazon Center for Bioethics (CBAm). Fr. Meroni joined the faculty of Pontifical John Paul II Institute in 2014 to teach in the area of theological anthropology and resided at St. Patrick's from ______ thru September 2015.

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