Friday, March 14, 2025

Rev Patrick W. Donohue: After a long and valiant battle with cancer, Reverend Patrick W. Donohue succumbed to his illness on July 12, 2023. Born in Nyack, NY and raised in Ridgewood, NJ the oldest of six, Fr. Patrick Donohue felt a call to the priesthood at an early age. Ordained in 1975, Fr. Pat began his long pastoral career at St. Bridget’s Church in Newark. Fr Pat’s ministry was enhanced by his keen ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Parishioners looked forward to his gift to connect the Gospel with every day experiences.
Most recently, Fr Pat lived in residence at St. Mary’s Church in Dumont where he previously served as temporary administrator in 2015. Fr Pat’s other assignments included St. Mary of the Assumption, Elizabeth; Holy Trinity (Administrator), Hackensack; Our Lady Queen of Peace (Administrator), Maywood; Sacred Heart (Pastor), Vailsburg; Our Lady of Grace, Hoboken and St. Bridget’s(Pastor), Newark. Additionally, Fr Pat was the Dean of Bergen South Central and Essex Vicariate. He was a director at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange. Fr Pat felt privileged to serve a diversity of communities which provided him a great sense of community as he experienced the multi-racial and multi-ethnic cultures, languages, traditions and cuisines within Bergen, Hudson and Essex Counties. He proudly served in several chaplaincy roles for Irish organizations in both Essex and Bergen Counties for many years. In June 2000, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination, Fr Pat wrote: “No matter what title I may have, or where I have been, I basically have done the same things. I pray, read, reflect, write, preach, visit homes and hospitals, teach, listen, love and care, and I have received that hundred-fold that the Lord promises. Thanks for being a part of that gift. Fr. Pat was predeceased by his parents, William A. and Alicia Kane Donohue of Ridgewood, and his nephew AJ Donohue of Brunswick Ga. He is survived by siblings: Teresa M Donohue, CSJP, John Donohue (Lorraine) of Jekyll Island GA, Bill Donohue (Terrilyn) of Flowery Branch, GA, Maureen Donohue (Thomas McNabola) of Bernardsville, NJ and Alicia Cannon (Roy) of South Brunswick, NJ. Uncle Pat was dearly loved by five nieces and two nephews as well as six great nephews and one great niece.

Visitation will be on Sunday July 16th at St. Mary’s Church, 280 Washington Avenue, Dumont, NJ beginning at 2pm with a Reception of the Body and concluding with Evening Prayer at 7pm; and Monday from 9:30 – 10:30am. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Church followed by burial at Maryrest cemetery, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Mary’s Church, 280 Washington Avenue, Dumont, NJ 07628 or The AJ Donohue Foundation, PO Box 1083, Flowery Branch, GA 30542 may be made in Fr. Pat’s name.

The funeral will be live-streamed. Go to YouTube – search St. Mary’s Dumont.
Arrangements conducted by G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ. To send condolences, get directions or for further information visit