Our Priest

Fr. Patrick was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised by devout Orthodox parents Deacon Joseph and Theresa Henre. He is the oldest of three children. Fr. Patrick was baptized at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church (established in 1904, in which his family were among its founding members) by the Protopresbyter Milan Bajich. It was in this parish with the mentorship of Fr. Bajich that Fr. Patrick first knew he wanted to serve God and His Church as a priest at a very young age. He served in the altar and sang in the choir as well as being active in Sunday School and annual Summer Camp. 

Upon graduating from high school and after several pilgrimages to Orthodox Monasteries and other holy places, he knew his calling was to become a priest. In 2006 he was accepted to attend St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.  During his time at St. Tikhon’s he was a member of the St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir. He also served as president of the student government, and active with the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM). Graduating in 2010, he moved back home and was tonsured a Reader. Fr. Patrick then decided to return to St. Tikhon’s Monastery as a novice. Living at the monastery with the monks in a daily life of prayer and service to the community was a powerful time of spiritual growth. 

After leaving the monastery in 2012, he met his wife Sarah Watt while she was visiting her parents, Fr. Martin and Matushka Candy Watt, at the Seminary. In that same year Fr. Patrick became the youth director and Sunday School director at St. Basil Orthodox Church.  Fr. Patrick and Kh. Sarah were married in 2013. During 2015, Fr. Patrick was Ordained to the Deaconate and to the Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Basil.

Fr. Patrick has been blessed to serve both St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Rapid City, South Dakota and Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Gillette, Wyoming before his present assignment at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Waco, Texas, where he currently resides with his family. Fr. Patrick and Kh. Sarah have two children, Sampson (b. 2016) and Esther (b. 2017).  In his spare time, when Father Patrick is not serving the parish or chasing after his children outside, he likes building with LEGO, playing video games and spending time cooking for his family.