family-shot-donoghuesjpgPat and Patricia Donoghue both came from Catholic households. Patricia, the youngest of eight children, grew up in upstate New York in a German-American family, while Pat, the fourth of five children, grew up on Long Island, New York in an Irish-American family. The two met while attending the State University of New York at Albany and joke that it is located halfway between their family homes.

It snowed on their wedding day in 1990 at Patricia’s home parish, Holy Trinity, in Webster NY (snow is not unusual in upstate New York during the first week of April!). They moved to Long Island while Patricia pursued a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Saint John’s University in Queens. Pat worked in advertising as a copywriter. The couple enjoyed the Philadelphia area on weekend visits and when an advertising agency in Devon was looking for New York writers, Pat was hired and they moved to Glenmoore in 1999. 

Pat now works at DMW Direct in Chesterbrook as Associate Creative Director. Patricia works with adults and adolescents in her private practice in Chester Springs, as well as at the Saint John Vianney Center in Downingtown – an inpatient and outpatient behavioral health center that provides services for Christian clergy and religious. 

Three years ago, the Donoghue’s moved into an 1830 historic stone Springhouse home. “It has required lots of TLC,” Pat said, “but we really love it.”

Back in the fall of 2000, when Saint Elizabeth Parish first started celebrating weekend Masses in the Lionville Middle School gymnasium, Patricia and Pat helped with chair setup/breakdown and sang with various choirs. Over the years, the whole family has participated in the Stewardship Day of Service on many occasions.

In addition to the choirs, Pat and Patricia have served Saint Elizabeth on the Pre-Jordan team and as lectors. Pat is also a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, has been a greeter and has volunteered with the Sister Parish Team. He is currently on the Parish Communications Advisory Committee.

Patricia hosted and participated in Lenten Faith Sharing groups and has been an EFF catechist, a member of the Adult Faith Formation Committee, and part of the Sister Parish Team. She is currently on the Parish Pastoral Council.

The Donoghue’s oldest son, Patrick, 23, was homeschooled until he attended Drexel University, graduating magna cum laude in Business and International Communication. He now works in finance and lives in Philadelphia. Patrick has been a greeter at weekend Masses and built a nature trail behind our buildings as an Eagle Scout project. “Saint Elizabeth Parish has been a wonderful community that has fostered my faith for over 20 years,” said Patrick.

Their daughter, Bridgit, now 21, graduates this spring from Temple University with a major in Advertising – Art Design. Except for two years at STEM Academy, she was also homeschooled until college. Bridgit has been an altar server, a lector, and helped with sister parish activities.

Patricia and Pat’s youngest son, Cahal (his name means Charles in Gaelic), is 19 and graduated from Bishop Shanahan High School in 2020. He currently attends Temple University. Cahal has been an altar server, greeter, and member of Saint Elizabeth Cub Scout Pack 61.

Patricia offers this advice to new parishioners who want to feel more connected to the parish family: “Saint Elizabeth is a big parish, but if you get involved, you will meet great people. There is nothing as nice as seeing people you know at Mass and having your kids see their friends in the narthex. Our parish has some way to get involved for people of all ages.”

Many thanks to this active, stewardship family!

  • Lisa Sheronas