Born Walter MacDwyer May 5, 1908, he was a student at Fordham when he became interested in the Passionists. He professed his vows on August 15, 1935 and received the religious name Walter. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1937. From 1938 until 1941 he preached on the road for Sign Magazine. From 1941 until 1948 he was an Army-Air Force military chaplain and rose to rank of Lieutenant Colonel. From 1948 until 1949 he was on the province mission apostolate. From 1948 until 1956 he was superintendent of St. Michael’s High School, Union City, New Jersey. From 1956 until 1962 he was Associate Retreat Director, Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, Connecticut. From 1962 until 1967 he was again on the province preaching mission apostolate. From 1967 until 1974 he traveled the eastern United States seeking missions and retreats for the Passionists. His final years from 1974 until 1985 were spent as an assistant in parishes in California.
May 5, 1908
August 15, 1935
May 22, 1937
February 4, 1985
Patrick Joseph of Our Lady of Perpetual Help MacDwyer