Michigan Family of the Year 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/29/2019 Under: All Articles (300 Hits)    

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Deacon Pat & Peggy McDonald Family

Pat is a Graduate from Catholic Central High School  in 1954 and Magna Cum Laude from University of Detroit Law School  in 1961 a masters Degree from Georgetown Law in 1962. He Served as Captain in the US Airforce 1962 to 1965. Peggy graduated from Convent of Sacred Heart High School in 1955 and a BA from University Detroit in 1959. They were Married om August 10, 1963 at St. Clare of Montefalco, Gross Pointe Park Mi.

They have Eight Children Daughter Marianne & husband Michael their children Peter Andrew and Timothy,  Son Mike & wife Marysol their children Patrick Conor Rohan and Mary, Daughter Colleen & husband Robb their children Brian Cecelia Maggie and Benjamin Son Patrick & wife Kathleen their children John Henry Timothy and MiMi. Son Tim & wife Kim their children Juni and Wyatt Daughter Molly & Husband Seth Son Tom & wife Elicette their children Christopher and Anthony and Daughter Maureen.

With Peggy's blessing Pat entered the newly Permanent Diaconate program initiated by Pope Pius VI in 1968 and was ordained by Cardinal Dearden on June 24,1972 at St Marys in Redford. Then they Settled down in Brighton at St Patrick Church and joined the Knights of Columbus as a charter member of Council 7304.

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 Both Pat & Peggy have been very involved in Community, Family and Parish life, these are just some of the organizations they have been involved with. Detroit Public Schools, Guest House, St Vincent DePaul, catholic College Night, Keep Christ in Christmas, there are many more


Pat and Peggy continue to be models of a good Catholic Married Couple. They attend daily Mass together Peggy is an extra ordinary Minister they serve the homebound at Brighton Center for Recovery. I could continue there is so much more but I would again like to congratulate the whole Family on being a gift from God to all of us.

Thank You and God Bless.