Fr. Patrick J. Behling has been associate pastor of St. Charles Parish in Hartland since June 2016. In January 2018, he also became associate pastor of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in North Lake. Prior to his ordination as a priest, he spent two years at St. Charles as a seminarian-intern.
He assists the pastor in providing for the sacramental and pastoral needs of both parishes, especially through the celebration of Mass, the hearing of confessions, and the anointing of the sick. He teaches religion in the grade school, serves as chaplain to the Life Teen high school ministry and the Confirmation preparation process, and provides support to the small-group movement and the RCIA program. He also leads occasional catechetical programs for adults.
Fr. Behling worked as a U.S. Senate page and later as a member of the Senate floor staff before entering the seminary. He holds the B.A. in philosophy from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and the M.Div. and the M.A. in theology from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, WI.