Rev. Patrick V. Kirsch
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Before being named the founding pastor of Saint Oscar Romero Catholic Church in Eastvale, CA, Father Patrick V. Kirsch was Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church in Chino until March 2013. Prior to that time, he was Pastor at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Alta Loma from 2002-2012. He came to that appointment from Saint Junipero Serra in Phelan and Our Lady of the Snows in Wrightwood having served as Pastor for both parishes for nine years. Father Kirsch previously served as Parochial Vicar of St. George Church in Ontario and St. Adelaide Church in Highland.
Father Kirsch was ordained in May 1981 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Pennsylvania, and his three brothers, their three wives, and most of his nieces and nephews still live there. His mother and father are deceased.
Father Kirsch attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He also studied on sabbatical at the North American College in Vatican City, attending the college and living there in residence on two separate occasions.
Father Kirsch is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He honored several years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. He is actively involved in ACTS Ministry, which is a renewal retreat for parishes and individuals.
In June 2018, Father Kirsch took a pilgrimage to El Salvador to follow the footsteps of the parish patron, Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero. He celebrated Mass at various locations, including the Crypt of the Cathedral of San Salvador where Saint Romero is buried and the Chapel of Divine Providence, where Saint Romero was assassinated. This pilgrimage provided Father Kirsch the opportunity to learn more about Saint Romero and better understand his great importance in the lives of the people of El Salvador.
In October 2018, Father Kirsch was blessed to take 26 parishioners to Italy to attend the Canonization Mass of Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero. It was a historical moment for the parish he leads. The pilgrims returned home with pride knowing their parish patron is one of the newly canonized.