Patrick Regan, OSB, RIP [updated]

ReganPray Tell has received word that Abbot Patrick Regan, liturgist and professor at St. Joseph Seminary College and Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, passed away last night at 8 pm.

Abbot Patrick was abbot of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA, for nineteen years, a priest for fifty one, and a monk for fifty seven. After stepping down as abbot in 2001, he returned to writing and teaching.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Easter Greetings









Behold the wood of the cross
       on which hung the salvation of the world
(Abbot Patrick shared the picture and text above as a paschal greeting in 2016)


The arrangements announced in the obituary are as follows:

The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey will receive Abbot Patrick’s body before Vespers at 5:30 in the afternoon on Monday 13 February. A Funeral Vigil will be held at 7:15 that evening. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:15 in the morning on Tuesday 14 February.

You can read the full obituary here.

This post will be updated as information becomes available. 


  1. I was privileged to get to know Patrick personally over the past four years through participation in Societas Liturgica; I also appreciated hearing him speak and reading his books. He was a fine scholar and a good man, and I felt in him a kindred spirit. His deep engagement with the theology of the Paschal Mystery and the liturgical reform were a great gift to the church. He was wise, learned, and fair-minded. He will be missed! His books, however, remain a lasting legacy for us. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 but the disease was in remission, and so it was his great joy to be able to teach at the Notre Dame liturgy program this past summer. I am grateful to have known him.

  2. I think Patrick was the creator of the beautiful cross being incensed in the picture above, and of others like it. I would love to see more examples of his artistic work.

  3. I am sad to learn of Patrick’s death, his passing away from us in this life. I esteemed, enjoyed, and benefited from his presence at NAAL and Societas Litrugica meetings, not to mention his important corpus of publications. He was (and remains, for us who were privileged to know him) an exemplary liturgical scholar and colleague. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  4. May he rest in peace..
    His book “Advent to Pentecost – Comparing the Seasons in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite” (2012) is never far from hand. My appreciation for the liturgy has been enriched by any of his writings that I have encountered.

  5. I was sad to hear of his death. As Rita said, his books remain a lasting legacy. I used so much of his writing in my doctoral dissertation; I am now particularly fond of his “Advent to Pentecost.”
    My thoughts and prayers are with Patrick!

  6. I was sorry to hear of Patrick’s death. I studied under him at St John’s in Collegeville. His course was wonderful, he was so passionate about what he shared with us. He certainly brought Egeria to life! I will never forget him!
    Rest in peace, Patrick

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