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NOMINEE

Pat and Carolyn Creedican

Diocese of Baker, Oregon

Pat and Carolyn Creedican, married 44 years, have built a life and family around their faith, their service to others and their dedication to the Catholic Church. As longtime parishioners and tireless leaders at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bend, Oregon, they have dedicated themselves to God’s greater good for years.

 

Pat was raised Catholic and Carolyn converted to Catholicism while raising their three children in the Catholic faith. For several years, they have taught religious education classes at the parish. Both have been involved with RCIA, supporting and sponsoring candidates through confirmation and beyond.

 

When their youngest child was nearing college age, they worked with the faith formation staff at St. Francis and the diocese to start a local Newman Club. They saw a need for young adults—both in college and graduated—to come together and be supported in their faith. They helped create the young adult ministry and became mentors to dozens of single men and women as well as couples.

 

They give young adults an example of living a full life as Catholics, having them connect through activities such as hiking, rafting, biking, skiing or running, inviting them into their home for meals and giving them a shoulder to lean on when life gets challenging. Pat and Carolyn have stayed in touch with all these adults, being a sounding board for them in their vocational discernment, helping them sort through marital troubles and showing them how to keep God in the situation.

 

For young Catholics, the Creedican’s home has been a gathering spot, a safe refuge when hearts get broken and when doubts and fear take hold and a place to celebrate filled with love and laughter.

 

The Creedicans are consistent volunteers with the Bethlehem Inn, a shelter for homeless individuals and families. When the Inn was started in Bend 15 years ago, it rotated from church to church, and they became very involved. Today at a newly constructed Inn, Pat coordinates the meal preparation.

 

Additionally, Pat has been active in Knights of Columbus activities for years, including being Grand Knight for two years. He and Carolyn work fundraisers for the local Pregnancy Resource Center and quarterly, the Knights of Columbus prepare and serve dinner to more than 100 at the local emergency shelter under his leadership. When the parish receives calls for help from people in crisis, the Creedicans are called to assist. For example, Pat responded to a woman and son who were moving to escape domestic violence. They needed to get their moving truck loaded and leave the area before her abuser was released from jail. Pat helped make it happen.

Carolyn works full time as a water exercise and therapy instructor and gives much of her own time to help people who are overwhelmed by injuries or illness, such as arthritis or cancer.

 

“In their stewardship, Pat and Carolyn are beacons of light, leading many people to Christ by their inspiring life,” said Bishop Liam Cary.