Farewell For Fr. Patrick Tobin

May 7, 2018

Farewell for Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP

Please Join Us in a Reception to Honor Fr. Patrick

Center for Ministry

Farewell for Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP

Please join us at a Farewell Reception for Fr. Patrick Tobin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:00 - 4:00pm in Dorsey Commons on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.


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Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP
Associate Chaplain

Thanks for the Memories!

As I prepare to depart UST for my new assignment in Chicago, I find myself asking, "What am I taking with me?"  Yes, there will be my many books (downfall of Dominicans everywhere!), a few possessions (including a well-used marshmallow gun), many new friendships (find me on Facebook!), and even more happy memories.  But I can't help thinking about the "big picture" and asking the same question about our earthly pilgrimage.  In light of the ultimate purpose of our lives, which is eternal union with God in heaven, what should I be taking from each assignment to prepare me for that end?

I'm pretty sure that for this assignment, I am taking with me a lot of growth in the area of obedience.  In English, obedience has a poor connotation that involves a loss of freedom and perhaps an obsequious or servile manner.  The Latin root, however, is "ob" and "audire" which translates to "listening to another person."  I have listened to my Dominican brothers when they have challenged me to view my actions through their eyes instead of my own.  Sometimes the mess of my incomplete project outweighs my desire to serve the community.  I have listened to my religious superiors when they have elected not to choose my clearly superior plan in favor of their own.  Sometimes when you're the business manager you just write the checks and make the financial reports as instructed.  I have listened to my superiors at St. Thomas and have marched to the tune of music that I might otherwise not have chosen.  Sometimes one must dance to Despacito when you would prefer Barbie Girl.  I have listened to countless students who came to me with questions and left without the definitive answer they wanted to hear.  Sometimes the best answer I can give is the one that I slowly draw forth from the one asking and not my own answer.

The past six years at St. Thomas have been spent responding to the needs of others.  I am profoundly grateful to have had such good and gentle teachers to instruct me in the art of listening to another person.  My hope is that by listening to others on a regular basis and not only to myself, I will be better able to listen to God when God chooses to speak to me.  And in making room in my will for the will of another, I hope to be better able to respond to the will of God in my own life.

On behalf of everyone in the Center for Campus Ministry, thank you Fr. Patrick for giving so generously of yourself to all St. Thomas students, faculty and staff for the past six years. Your presence will be missed but you will definitely not be forgotten. We wish you all the best in your next assignment and hope that if your travels bring you back to Minnesota, you will stop in for a cup of coffee.

We thank you for all the wonderful memories!



‌The many sides of Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP