Carol Bradley | July 10, 2019
When Patrick Holdeman’s kids had all graduated and were out of the house, he wondered what he might do next.
Then he met Sister Irene Pastagan, O.F.M., a Franciscan nun from the Philippines, who was on campus to recruit at Holy Cross. “She suggested doing mission work overseas,” he says.
Patrick has since — using his vacation time from work — made nine trips doing mission work in the Philippines and Vietnam with a number of different volunteer and social service organizations.
A Notre Dame Police Department patrol officer on the day shift, Patrick joined the University in 1995 as a paramedic, after working for Honeywell (now Allied Signal) doing both security and fire response. He went through the police academy in 1999 and became an NDPD police officer that same year.
One of the more unexpected facts in Patrick’s biography is that he’s a naturalized American citizen. “I spent my first 12 years in France, and was sworn in as a citizen in South Bend,” he says. His mother was French and his dad was in the U.S. military. Born in Bordeaux, Centre, France, French was his first language.
Patrick and wife Janice live on South Bend’s west side with Hope, their Maltese/Pomeranian mix. They are the parents of four children — Patrick, who just graduated from Indiana Wesleyan with an MBA; Jared, an Army staff sergeant and recruiter; Sarah, a Notre Dame alumna who will be having baby No. 6 in October; and Christian, who’s attending college and working at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center — and eight grandchildren.
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