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Rev. Msgr. Patrick E. Brown


Reverend Monsignor Patrick E. Brown, of Wayne, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick E. Brown, passed peacefully with the comfort of family and friends by his side, on Sunday, February 5, 2017. He was born and raised in the Greenwich Village section of New York City.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18th, 1978 by Bishop Rodimer in the Assumption Church, Morristown. That same year he received his Masters of Theology from the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University.

He was named a Monsignor by Pope John Paul, II on May 29, 1998. On June 20, 2001, His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan inducted him into the Knights of Malta. Later that year, he was inducted into the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. He served for four years at Our Lady of the Lake, Sparta and for ten years at Christ the King, New Vernon, and Saint Vincent DePaul Church, Stirling where he served as Pastor for eighteen years, before moving to Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wayne.

In January of 2000, Bishop Rodimer appointed him Dean of Southeastern Morris County. In October of 2000, Bishop Rodimer appointed him Chaplain of the Morris County Chapter of Legatus.

Monsignor Brown was appointed Chaplain of the Morris County Jail in 1983, where he continues to serve. He is also Chaplain of the Long Hill Township Police Department; the Morris County Sheriff’s Department, and the Morris County Police & Fire Academy.

He has served on the Morris County Board of Social Services and Morris View Nursing Home. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Morris County Division of Youth Services; the Diocesan School Subsidy Committee, and Priest Moderator of the Diocesan Federation of Home & School Associations; Trustee of St. Elizabeth’s Academy, Convent Station; Honesty House, Stirling; Lounsberry Meadow Senior & Handicapped Housing, Stirling, the Assumption College, Mendham; Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson; the Board of Advisors of the Legal Center for the Defense of Life; and in September 2004 was named to the Board of Visitors at the Seton Hall University Law School.

In 1995 he received the Ubi Caritas Award from the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities. In 1997 he received the President’s Award from the Diocesan Federation of Home School Associations. In 1997 he received the Archbishop Walsh Award from Seton Hall University. In 1998, he received the St. Ignatius Loyola Medal for Community Service from the Jesuit Community. In 2001, he was honored as Morris County Citizen of the Year. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office presented the Civilian Award in 2002 for 20 years of faithful service, and the Assumption College for Sisters, presented him with their First Caring Basket Award for Educational Services. In 2002, The Boy Scouts of America presented Monsignor Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award. On November 8, 2003, the Paterson Federation of the Knights of Columbus Councils awarded Msgr. Brown with a Humanitarian Award, and on May 22nd, 2004 Seton Hall Alumni Association presented him with their Humanitarian Award for his involvement with Prison Ministry and work with the American Red Cross.

He was the loving brother of Sheila M. Brown of Budd Lake, Elizabeth N. Pettinato of New York City and her late husband Lawrence G. Pettinato, and Thomas M. Brown and his wife Patricia A. Brown of New York City; he was the much loved uncle of Shelia Brown O’Donnell, Lawrence G. Pettinato, Jr, Kathryn Brown Manning, Michael P. Pettinato, Thomas M. Brown, Jr., and Margaret M. Brown; he was the cherished great-uncle of Kathryn, Aiden, and Brynn O’Donnell, Lucy and Dillon Pettinato, and Emma, Audrey, and Charlotte Manning.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2-8 PM at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC Church, 45 Urban Club Road, Wayne.

A Funeral Mass will be offered 10 AM on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC Church, 45 Urban Club Road, Wayne.

Interment will be with his parents at the Holy Rood Cemetery in Morristown following the Funeral Mass on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Catholic Family & Community Services, 24 DeGrasse Street, Paterson, NJ 07505 would be greatly appreciated. To make a donation online please click on the blue text above.  If you are donating online in the area where it asks where to send acknowledgement of your donation please type "The family of Rev. Msgr. Patrick E. Brown" and your donation will be properly acknowledged to the family. 


Guest Book


Thank you for all the love you have given my family Monsignor Brown. We will miss you dearly but never forget your grace and magnificence. Rest in Peace,,,,John Duncan

John Duncan


What a great man Fr. Pat was. He changed the lives of many, and brought the Gospel to everyone he met. Very blessed to have known him.

Maeghan Fengya


Thank you for all the love and support you gave to me and my family throughout the years. You will be dearly missed by all. Rest in Peace Father Pat. Catherine Lacatena

Catherine Lacatena


Our parish will miss your beautiful homilies and inspirational words. Your dedication to the poor is truly your legacy. Thank you for all of your works here on earth. Godspeed

Elizabeth Dowd


Dear Fr. Pat, I will miss your smile, humor and your homilies. Rest In Peace Fr Pat. My condolences to the Brown family.

Nellie Pinos


May he rest in peace! I will never forget his kindnesses to me at Malta gatherings and pilgrimages. He was a good priest.

Msgr. Joseph Schaedel


Fr. Pat, You will be missed by so many for you were loved by so many. May you now rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus.

Maggie Molino


Father Pat may you rest in peace. I will so miss you, your humor, your compassion, your good deeds. Knowing you had a profound affect on my life and I am a better person for having known you. God Bless you, your family and those of us left behind. We will honor you by striving to be more like you.

Patricia D. Rivera


I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Brown Family. I know you will miss him. Our parish will miss him as will all the others that he served so generously over his life. Personally I will remember his sermons. They always had deep meaning and a punch line or three. Father Pat would make you laugh out loud, yet the deep meaning of his sermons would resonate with you all week. His wonderful life will be remembered fondly by the millions he touched over the years. May he rest in peace at the alter of God now and may those left behind remember him with a smile.

Joseph Garcia


Dear Brown Family, Your brother was a part of our family for 37 years Marriages,Baptisms,Birthdays,Anniversarys,Funerals & as a Golf Partner. We will Miss him!!! He is with God. Love, Beth & Ed Henness

Beth Hennessy


Remembering this amazing man and wishing him all the peace and love promised to each of us as he enters the gates of Heaven, free of all the burdens of life on earth. Forever in my heart and prayers . . .

Elaine Urgo


Re. Fr. Brown, I will miss all our talks and kindness you gave me. I will miss all your great Sense of Humor. With Prayers and Love.

Carrie Monzo


Rev.Fr. Brown, I will miss all our talks and kindness you gave me. I will miss all your great Sense of Humor. With Prayers and Love.

Kenneth Eiden Carrie Monzo


Fr. Pat, thank you for all that you have done for our family. Thank you for all of the beautiful homilies, the laughs, and words of wisdom. But most of all for your friendship. Rest in the sweetest peace...We will miss you dearly.

Steven and Kassie Pierinelli


Fr. Pat, I will miss you every time I am at the rectory. I enjoyed our talks and of course the many meals you fed me. I am also so grateful for the opportunity that you gave me when i went to see the Pope. Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many. Love and Prayers.

Carol Tumminello


Monsignor Brown, our entire family will miss you greatly. You have been a good friend and inspiration to us all. We pray that you rest in peace now with God.

Karen and Dave DeNooyer





Monsignor Brown, did our Wedding Precana, Christened our children, and buried my parents. He was always a great comfort to my family. Rest In Peace Fr. Pat. Janet and Curtis Quigley.

Janet Quigley


Fr.Pat was a delightful human being, a holy priest, a shepherd of souls. It was my privilege to have known him and laughed together with him.He has been and is now completely The Lord's.

Bob Filoramo


A wonderful man...RIP to my fathers golfing buddy.

Barbara Headley Dinger


Father,you were a wonderful man..we are going to miss help us through difficult are like family to us,you hold a special place in our hearts ! We will miss you ! And always love you ! The ELIA FAMILY..

Chris elia


Father Pat changed many lives in his priestly ministry. Always a holy priest with a welcoming smile, he bloomed in every place he was planted. He was deeply committed to Jesus & the sanctity of life. We will miss him. Gratefully. Dan & Helen O'Mullan

Helen & Dan O'Mullan


Msgr Brown welcomed you, not only into his warm company, but into the very presence of God. Whether through Confession and the Eucharist, his wonderful celebration of the many Baptisms he brought, the expansion of his Church because of the large number of parishioners drawn to him. How many did he visit at all times of the day and night at the death of a child, a loved one, a personal need? God loved through Fr. Pat and many continue to know the love of God because he touched their lives, even many years ago. May you now celebrate life in the loving arms of God.

John and Norma Provinsal


To the Family of Father Brown, My deepest condolences to all of you at the very sad time. Gabrielle Wicklow Former School Nurse from St Vincent de Paul School

Gabrielle Wicklow


Dear Sheila, Elizabeth & Thomas, I'm so sorry for your loss. I think I can speak for my whole family, and the whole neighborhood, when I say how much Patrick was loved and admired. God Bless.

Patti Maguire


Monsignor Brown baptized our only child 2 days after he was designated as Monsignor in 1998, he also did our 10 yr. wedding revow. Rest In Peace Monsignor, you will always have a special place in our hearts. You are loved by so many people that you've touched through your daily encounters and homilies and the humor that comes along. You and your family will always be in our prayers. Peace....

John & Arlene O'Connor


I loved you the first time I met you at St Johns. Two Irishmen. May the wind have your back as you enjoy a perfect rob roy

Kevin McNulty


Monsignor Brown will be greatly missed by all who have ever met him even if it was just once.

Maureen Himchak


Monsignor Brown will be missed in searching in which town to live I chose Longhill after listening to his homily. Rest in peace and say hi to Telmo and my brother Tony.

Marie Nunes


Our deepest sympathies to Monsignor Patrick Brown. You have always been good to our family and you will be missed. Patrick and his families will always be in our prayers, Rest In Peace.

James Maguire & The Maguire Family


Heaven has welcomed a remarkable man and priest. Watch out for this dynamic Irishman! Our time with him was too short and we thank God for giving us this man of compassion, caring, courage, love, faith, loyalty, wit and yes blarney. May we all follow his example. We will miss you Fr. Pat Forever loved by the Gemma family. Our sympathy to the entire Brown family.

Dot and Nick Gemma


Rest in Peace. We will miss you.

Piombo Family at Square Luggage


We will miss your presence in our lives: the marrying of two of our children, Baptisms,our choice of St. Vincent de Paul's parish,your many liturgically inspiring Masses and homilies and great school and parish events.(including the parish celebration of your ordination where the huge banner showing you in your Mass vestments had Gallo Wines printed across the bottom on behalf of the donor. PAX Dominus Vobiscum!Msgr.Brown

Jack and Maryel O'Connor


I had the most sincere honor of being Monsignor Brown's nurse over a number of days, and I was deeply saddened upon hearing of his passing. We spent many special moments together, sipping black coffee in the early morning and sharing stories. His charm, wit, and character were contagious. One of our last days working together, he blessed my favorite rosary for me. It was such a precious moment it almost brought me to tears, and it's a moment that I will carry with me forever. People like Msgr Brown are why I do what I do. Thank you for everything, you will be missed.

Lauryn Magner


How we loved Monsignor Brown!!! We met him through my brother and became close on our own. Speaking to him often during his Cancer battle, we are heartbroken at the loss of a wonderful man and dear friend. We will cherish the gift of Fr. Pat forever. LOIS & TERRY REICHERT

Lois Reichert


I regret that I'm unable to attend Monsignor Patrick Brown's funeral liturgy. I extend my sincerest sympathies to his siblings on behalf of myself and the Corr family because of his kindness to our brother, John F. Corr, his pastor at Christ the King Church in New Vernon years ago. Monsignor Brown was a loyal priest of the Diocese and Paterson and a good friend to many of his fellow priests.

Finbarr M Corr


Was there ever a man who was more a priest than this man? Was there ever a more mischievous smile full of love and selflessness? was there ever a pair of feet that followed the steps of the Lord more closely? was there ever a laugh that could be more recognized across a room or a city block? Was there ever a man with a bigger heart, who gave more comfort to the rich, the poor, the sick, the dying, and to all of God's children? Forgive our selfish tears of grief, Fr. Pat, as we know you are already standing side by side with Jesus, because we appreciate so very much your presence in our lives. May your example be followed be me, us, all of us.

Bill and Janis McGovern


Always enjoyed your sermons when I visited the Zecca's. The longer the homily the better. Thank you for teaching the world now to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Rest in peace, you fought the battle of sickness and now you can sit with your Father and learn his ways. Louise A. Micci

Louise A. Micci


To the Brown Family My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of a wonderful man. He has reached his goal and is now at peace with the lord. He was a great human being and I will miss him greatly.

Kim B Ward


Fr. Pat, We are so greatful that your came into our lives at Annunciation. You always had the kindest words to say about my lectoring. We are so greatful to have had you bless our rings at our wedding and celebrate with us! We will especially miss your beautiful homilies but we will never forget your lessons. Rest in eternal peace. Love, Annie & Kevin Struble

Annie and Kevin Struble


Dear Sheila and family, I had the profound pleasure of working with Monsignor here at St. Joseph's Wayne and was so happy that he was able to join my mom, sister and I for dinner. We felt so blessed to have that special memory and to have been touched by such a kind and beautiful soul. He truly cared about everyone that he came in contact with and left an indelible mark on each life that he touched. May Monsignor rest in peace and may you all take comfort in knowing how much he treasured each of you and spoke often of his love for all of his family, friends and fellow priests. Christine

Christine Miller, Kathy Covert, Terry Covert Walker


Msgr. Brown was an outstanding example of total devotion to the Priesthood. He was deeply compassionate, concerned for his parishioners and ready to assist anyone with a spiritual or material need. We appreciated his effort to make every Mass and every homily a message of deep spiritual insight. We will be forever grateful for his many acts of kindness to us and the members of our family.

Ann & Gerald Williams


Magr.. Brown was an inspirational priest and pastor to our family. He knew everyone by name and you were immediately a member of the parish. I loved his Eucharistic celebrations, we grew more deeply. In love with the lord and feel blessed to have had a friend and pastor like him. I have missed him for years since he was assigned to Paterson, but he remains in my heart of gratitude. May he be welcomed into the Kingdom.

Helen bolil

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