Father Patric “Pat” Riley

Memorial Mass for Father Patric “Pat” Riley, 61, Eudora, KS will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora. A celebration of life potluck dinner will follow in the Parish Hall. He passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at his home.

Father Pat was born May 27, 1955 in Kansas City, KS the son of Norbert C. and Marianne (Zellers) Riley.

He attended Christ the King Grade School in Kansas City, KS; Savior of the World Seminary High School from which he graduated in 1973; for college he studied at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN, where he received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts and Master in Divinity Degrees.

After Ordination, Father Pat’s priestly assignments were as follows: July 1981 to July 1984 Assoc. Holy Trinity, Lenexa; 1984 to July 1987 Assoc. St. Patrick, KCK & Faculty member at Savior of the World Seminary; 1987 to July 1989 Pastor, Sacred Heart, Paxico & St. John Vianney, Eskridge; 1989 to June 1993 also Pastor Holy Family, Alma from 1993 to March 1995; Pastor St. Matthew, Topeka and Temp. Adm. Paxico, Alma & Eskridge, from 1995 to July 2004 Removed Temp. Adm. of Paxico, Alma & Eskridge; from 2004 to July 2006 Pastor, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park, KS; from July 2006 to July 2007 he was on Sabbatical; and from July 13, 2007 until his passing he was Pastor at Holy Family in Eudora.

His twin sister, Peggy Riley, Warsaw, MO survives him.

A Rosary will be recited beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora. A remembrance service will follow.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to Holy Family for the Father Pat Riley Education Center and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

5 Condolences

  1. Ed Swob on June 20, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Father Pat.You know that we were pretty good friends in school.It’s kind of amazing that all of these years pass by and nobody ever hears about anyone until something tragic happens.I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Ed Swob

  2. Louise Cavanaugh on June 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Father Pat was our priest in Eskridge Kansas. He was instrumental in providing us with the spiritual guidance that helped us through some spiritually trying times in our lives. We will always hold him in our hearts and consider ourselves blessed to have known him.

  3. Karen Mueller on June 23, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    We were blessed in having Fr. Pat say the funeral mass for our dad in January 2016. His way with words and people helped make this difficult time much easier for our family. He is an Angel and now is able to enjoy life fully. I’m sure my dad (Frank Mischlich) is up there with an open seat next to him for playing cards, watching sports, or just visiting. He was in inspiration during difficult times. God bless him and his church community and twin sister.

  4. Pat McCluskey on June 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I was saddened to learn that Fr. Pat had passed away. Please accept my sincere condolences. I shall pray for the resting of his soul. Irish eyes are smiling in Heaven.

  5. Steve D'Alessio on July 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Peggy and Family,

    Just learned today (7/25/16) via St. Meinrad’s email/website, of your brother Pat’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I was deeply saddened to read his name.

    Pat was a year ahead of me in Theology. So, I met him in 1978 when he was 23 (and I was 31; I didn’t make it through!) I have fond memories of him being one of the nicest seminarians at St. Meinrad. I could see him talking to me now like it was yesterday and as I remember him in his younger photos in the video.

    Know that he will be prayed for here in New Jersey/New York City and I will be sure to light a candle for him in St. Patrick’s Cathedral (two blocks from where I work) soon and whenever I make a future visit there.

    He was a special person. How do I know? I have tears in my eyes at this moment.

    In sympathy,
    Steve D’Alessio

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