DPD - Director of Pastoral Care & Volunteers
Patricia Barrett has been part of DPD for over forty years.
She first visited Murray House as a high school student in 1972 and over the next few years began volunteering, eventually to become one of Father Wehrlen’s live-in group home staff.
Pat worked as a counselor at DPD’s Camp Alexander during the summer of 1976 and worked at DPD’s Navagh Center in Paterson from 1976 to 1981, where she was a teacher of remedial reading and vocational skills until she was appointed Director from 1979 to 1981 until she left Navagh Center to raise her children.
Pat worked as a part-time youth minister at Saint Thomas the Apostle parish in Oak Ridge from 1897 to 1995 and then as Theology teacher at Pope John XXIII high school in Sparta from 1995 to 2014.
At Pope John, she also taught computer applications to seniors for three years, served as a Faculty Advisor for Search Programs, and was the Theology Department Chairperson during the 2013-2014 year.
In 1977 Pat earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Special Education from Jersey City State College and a graduated as a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped for grades Kindergarten through grade 12.
She holds a Master’s Degree, also with honors, in Human Services Leadership: Educational Technology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown. Pat completed a Certificate in Pastoral Administration in 2005, also at St. Elizabeth’s College and competed the Diocese of Paterson’s three year program with a Certification in Evangelization in 2014.