In 2016, From Monday, February 29th thru Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30pm we ARE Having a Parish Retreat here with Msgr. Dermot R. Brennan AND THE TOPIC WILL BE "Don't Just Receive The Sacraments, BECOME Them"
mSGR. dERMOT r. bRENNAN BIOGRAPHY He was born on May 22, 1930 to Michael and Molly (McDonagh) Brennan on Westside Manhattan, the second of four sons. His three brothers, Gerald M., Norman L. and Robert J. are all deceased. He attended Corpus Christi Elementary School where he was taught by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa (Wisconsin) and learned much abut the importance of liturgy from the Pastor, Fr. George B. Ford.
He also sang in the parish boys and men choir, one of the finest in New York. He attended Cathedral College (the Prep Sem.) , graduating in 1950 and then was ordained to the Priesthood from St. Joseph’s Seminary on June 2, 1956. His first assignments were for two years each, first at St. Peter’s in Liberty, N.Y., then teaching at Bishop Dubois H.S. in Manhattan. From 1960 to 1970 he taught at Cardinal Hayes H.S. in the Bronx where he was Director of Music, teaching Band, Chorus and Music Appreciation (a course which he developed) as well as Latin I and II and Sophomore Religion. While there he assisted weekends at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in the South Bronx and later at St. Barnabas Parish in Yonkers. During that period he also obtained a Masters Degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. From 1970 to 1980 he served at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Scarsdale . From 1969 until 1981 he served as Chairman of the Archdiocesan Commission on Church Music, was a member of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, and was Newman Club Chaplain to the Catholic students at The Juilliard Music School. In October of 1979 he organized and directed a chorus of 1400 voices from the tristate area and directed a 50-piece symphony orchestra from the Metropolitan Opera at the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II at the Yankee Stadium, Oct. 3, 1979.
In 1980 he became the Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Mt. Vernon. In 1985 he succeeded Msgr. James J. Lynch as Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Yorktown Heights. He was elevated to the rank of Monsignor in 1990 and served as Episcopal Vicar for Northern Westchester and Putnam from 1990 to 1999. He then became the Representative of the priests from that vicariate at the Archdiocesan Priest Council. Since his retirement, he has continued to serve on the Council as Representative for the Retired and Senior Priests of the archdiocese.
On July 1, 2005 he retired as pastor at St. Patrick’s having seen the parish grow from 3,400 to 4,700 families in his twenty years there. He now resides at the John Cardinal O’Connor Clergy Residence in the Bronx but is still active in many facets of priestly ministry.
He is the Author of Homilies Kids Can See, a book of 40 homilies which provides instructions and directions for the use of visuals when preaching to or teaching children. His second book, Your Parish Priest, A Man of Mystery, which examines the call to the priesthood and the daily life of a parish priest was published in April, 2009 by Alba House/St. Paul’s. His hobbies are Music, Magic and writing.