May 29, 2002
Father Pat

My 53-year-old cousin Patrick Kuffner just celebrated his first Mass as a newly-ordained priest. The Staten Island Advance has a short story here about how at the age of 50, after a 20-year career as a teacher and principal, he decided to enter the seminary.

When I was a wee lad at Sacred Heart Elementary School in the early 70s, my grandmother as well as Cousin Pat taught there. Nana wound up as my second-grade teacher, which is the sort of thing that could be bad but was actually a very good experience. Pat taught science in the upper grades. I transferred to a public middle school which had what are now called "gifted and talented" programs before I got the chance to have a second family member as my teacher.

The picture below was originally in the story but apparently got lost in the archive. No matter, I saved a copy. Congrats, Father Pat!

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 29, 2002 to See, I do have a life!