Patricia Barrett has been part of DPD since she first volunteered at Murray House as a college student eventually becoming one of Father Wehrlen’s live-in group home staff. She worked as a counselor at DPD’s Camp Alexander during the summer of 1976 and worked at DPD’s Navagh Center in Paterson from 1976 to 1981, where Pat was a teacher of remedial reading and vocational skills. She then served as director of the Navagh Center from 1979 to 1981. She left the Navagh Center to raise her children and worked as a part-time youth minister at Saint Thomas the Apostle parish in Oak Ridge.
Pat is one of the first volunteers in the then newly established “People Need Friends” program in 1989 when she and another volunteer developed and continue to coordinate the “C.A.R.E.” (Catholic Adult Religious Education) program in the DPD. In 1995 she began teaching theology at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta until June 2014. At Pope John, she also taught computer applications to seniors for three years, served as a Faculty Advisor for Search Programs, and was the Theology Department Chairperson during the 2013-2014 year.
In 1977 Pat earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Special Education from Jersey City State University and graduated as a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped for grades Kindergarten through grade 12. She holds a Master’s Degree, also with honors, in Human Services Leadership: Educational Technology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown. Pat completed a Certificate in Pastoral Administration in 2005, also at St. Elizabeth’s College and completed the Diocese of Paterson’s three year program with a Certification in Evangelization in 2014.