Father Walsh Honored

Former BHCS Leader to be honored at Bishop's Dinner Sept. 22
Posted on 09/10/2019
Fr. Patrick Walsh, retired president of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, will receive the prestigious Clergy Award at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

He will be honored for devoting 43 years to Catholic education, including president positions at BHCS for nine years and president of Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

As Heelan president, Fr. Walsh launched the Pride Campaign to build the new Heelan, opened Kiddie Crusader preschools and renamed our Catholic school system after Bishop Heelan.

“What he accomplished with the new Heelan High school. nurturing a dream to complete realization. is truly remarkable!” said Dennis Duffy, ’68 and the benefactor of Duffy Hall Commons in his nomination.

“Fr. Walsh “worked night and day developing plans for our school,” added Pat Sitzman, longtime Heelan teacher. “He was instrumental in developing our teaching staff into solid Christian leaders, and he remained our “pastor” of the Heelan chapel even after he retired.”

Fr. Walsh was “a leader that could inspire and involve others, for indeed it does take an entire village to raise a child,” said Tom Miklo, Saint Edmond Catholic School Director of Development. “Father Walsh was that leader for Saint Edmond and his efforts are paying dividends still today.”

In addition to his award, Fr. Walsh celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination in June. He retired in summer 2012 after nine years as Heelan president and continues today attending Heelan games and events, playing in an Irish band and attending Rotary Club.