Father Burns Remembered for Bringing People Closer to God

Father Burns

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Father Patrick G. Burns at St. Michael Church, Sunset Park, Dec. 21.

He died Dec. 14 at Holy Name of Jesus rectory, Windsor Terrace, where he was in residence while ministering with the diocesan Office of Parish Giving. He was 57.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended Good Shepherd School in Marine Park; Sheepshead Bay H.S.; Iona College, New Rochelle; Cathedral College, Douglaston; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.

He was ordained May 23, 1992 by Bishop Thomas V. Daily at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Catharine of Alexandria, Borough Park, 1992-93; Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians-St. Mary’s Winfield, Woodside, 1993-95; and Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights, 1995-99.

He served as pastor at St. Martin of Tours-Fourteen Holy Martyrs, Bushwick, 1999-2004; St. Michael, Sunset Park, 2004-10; and Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights, 2010-13.

After being on a medical leave, he returned to ministry as a weekend assistant at St. Leo’s, Corona. He served as parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, 2017-18, and was named to minister with the Office of Parish Giving in January.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was the main celebrant of the funeral Mass. Special concelebrants included Auxiliary Bishop James Massa, and Fathers Jeffry Dillon and Joseph Fonti. Father Thomas Haggerty preached the homily.

Msgr. Joseph Calise, the homilist at the vigil Mass, came to know Father Burns when they were stationed in Woodside.

“He loved his parishioners and through his many talents brought them closer to the Church,” Msgr. Calise said. “He had an amazing way with his congregation. He could delight them with a song.”

Besides singing, Father Burns’ many gifts included being a great fundraiser and fluency with Spanish, which enabled him to invite even more people to know God.

He is survived by his brother Michael of Breezy Point.

Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Flatbush.

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