Youth and Young Adult Coordinator
My name is Patrick Lee Hamor, I was born just north of Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. I was put up for adoption at age two and would spend the next ten years in and out of foster care and group homes. During this time, I moved all around New England until finally, at age twelve, I was adopted by a single Catholic woman. She instilled in me a profound love of our faith, and thanks to my being a voracious reader I was able to catch up on my CCD classes. A few years after my adoption my mother adopted another boy so that I would not grow up alone. I'm pretty sure my mother has already done her Purgatory in raising the two of us. After High School, I entered College Seminary at St. John's in Brighton, MA for the Archdiocese of Boston. Within in two years I came to the realization that I wasn't ready for the rigors of seminary life, so I left to go seek my fortune. My reading habits eventually led me into bookstore management with such companies as Lauriat's, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble. As you can imagine, I was caught up in the exciting world of retail, and before I knew it, was beginning to see grey hair in the mirror. It was at this moment of insight that God reminded me that, although He has all eternity, I do not! I needed to get serious about my vocational discernment. After much prayer and web surfing, I found and joined a new Franciscan Community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My life with the Franciscan Friars was an amazing journey of growth, fraternity, joy and self-awareness. While I was with the Friars, I served as Vocations Director, and eventually I was appointed Novice Master and Vicar General of the Community. Although these may sound like neat titles, they were merely indicators of more work and less time and sleep to do them all. Although my responsibilities were rewarding in many ways, and often necessitated travel to places such Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, France, and Italy, I could only burn the candle at both ends for so long. After serious discernment, I decided that God was calling me out from the community. It has been a little over a year since I left the community, during which I have continued my studies in philosophy and theology through Holy Apostles College & Seminary online. I've become reacclimated to civilian life outside a religious house and have discovered how much I've missed watching sports and drinking good German beer. I'm very grateful that God has brought me to Holy Family in Fond Du lac, Wisconsin--I can't think of a more beautiful part of the Vineyard in which to continue God's good work. I look forward to meeting and working with you. I only ask for your prayers and that you don't ask me which teams I cheer for. May God bless you and Mary keep you!