315 Church Street (Church)

325 Church Street (Office)

St. Marys, Pennsylvania (PA) 15857

Phone: 814-781-1019 • Fax: 814-834-6795

Church Sacristy: 814-834-2615

Parish Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Email: info@thesmchurch.com



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Meet Our Clergy

St. Marys Parish Clergy

Our Parish has been unique in that the clergy serving it have been members of religious orders. In the early years, priests of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), including St. John Neumann, served the Parish. After those few early years, until this time today, our parish clergy have been Benedictine monks of St. Vincent Archabbey. These men have been appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Erie upon recommendation of their religious superiors. Our first Diocesan clergyman appointed to serve in St. Marys Parish is our Permanent Deacon, Raymond Ehrensberger.


Fr. Alfred Patterson, OSB - Pastor

Fr. Alfred was born October 8, 1955 in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in central New York state. He is a son of Robert Jacob Patterson and the late Jean Helen (Waldron) Patterson of Utica, New York. He is one of nine children, including Roberta Schiavi, Joanne Sirtoli, Michael, and Joseph, all of Utica; Paul Patterson of Oneonta, New York; and Christine Doherty of Jacksonville, Florida; John Patterson of Rome, New York; Michael Patterson of Utica; and the late Mary Lucille Patterson of Utica.


He attended St. John Parochial School, New Hartford, New York, and is a 1974 graduate of Whitesboro Senior High School, Marcy, New York. He received an associate degree in aircraft maintenance management from the Community College of the Air Force in 1981, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Saint Vincent College in 1985, and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1990. In the summer of 1999 he attended the Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on a grant from the Fr. Isaac Jacobs, O.S.B., Scholarship Fund.


He made simple profession of Monastic vows on July 10, 1986, and solemn profession on July 11, 1989. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1990 by the late Bishop Anthony G. Bosco of Greensburg at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.


He served the Saint Vincent community as sacristan (1986-1987), library assistant (1986-1990), and retreat program staff member (1986-1990). He was on the faculty and staff at Benedictine Priory and Military School, Savannah, Georgia (1990-1992). Father Alfred served as parochial vicar at Saint Marys Parish, St. Marys from 1996 to 2002. At Saint Marys he was tri-parish youth coordinator. In 2002 he was named pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, New Germany and Saint John the Baptist Parish, Summerhill, PA.


In 2012 he returned to St. Vincent where he became a hospital chaplain at the Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Fr. Alfred returned to Saint Marys, PA. late 2013 to serve as the parochial vicar and hospital chaplain until he was appointed pastor of Saint Mary's Church in the summer of 2014.


Father Alfred is continually active with the Pro-Life Movement, and local ecumenical ministerium events. In the fall of 2009 he spent a working sabbatical at the Catholic Campus Ministry, Penn State University, State College, PA.


Prior to his Monastic profession he served as a licensed aircraft mechanic in New York State before enlisting in the United States Air Force, where he became a staff sergeant and aircraft maintenance specialist. He received the Humanitarian Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal while enlisted.



Deacon Ray EhrensbergerDeacon Ray Ehrensberger - Deacon Assistant

Deacon Ray, son of Raymond and Shirley Nussbaum Ehrensberger was born in St. Marys on January 17, 1955.


He attended school in St. Marys, PA.


Deacon Ray is married to Rose Anne and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. They are both involved in the Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Erie serving as local Cursillo representatives, and they both serve as Life Teen Core members.


Deacon Ray currently serves the St. Marys area as an EMT with the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service.


After completing his studies for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Erie, Deacon Ray was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Trautman on May 16, 2008. He was subsequently assigned by Bishop Trautman to serve St. Marys Parish as a permanent Deacon for a term of five years.


As a deacon of the Church, Deacon Ray assists the celebrating Bishop/Priests with celebrations of the Eucharist by proclaiming the Gospel and also preaching at the altar. He also administers the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony, teaches, and officiates at funerals.


Deacon Ray currently conducts Sunday Word Services at Silver Creek and Elk Haven and is Chaplain for the Crystal Fire Department.


For information about the Permanent Diaconate program or the Cursillo Movement feel free to contact Deacon Ray or Rose Anne at 814-594-3867 or 814-594-9074.


The following was taken from the USCCB website:


U.S. deacons, 97 percent of whom are married, comprise nearly one-half of the Catholic Church's deacons worldwide.


"The permanent diaconate was restored by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) to be a "driving force for the Church's service or "diaconia" toward the local Christian communities, and as a sign of the sacrament of the Lord Christ himself, who "came not to be served but to serve" (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter, Ad Pascendum, 1972)." A distinct ministry in the early church, the diaconnate devolved by the Middle Ages to a transitional stage en route to ordination to the priesthood. Formally reinstituted by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the permanent diaconate is open to married or single men ages 35 orolder. A vital ministry in U.S. dioceses since 1968 he diaconate has grown an average of 10 percent annually. There are 28,238 deacons who serve the Church worldwide, a number which increased 17 percent from 1998 to 2001."


Further information on the deaconate is available at www.usccb.org.