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Dr. Pat Clement

Personal Profile

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Pat Clement is a New Orleans native by birth, a Louisiana Cajun by sacrament (godmother) and now makes Central Virginia her home. She has over 30 years of grassroots experience as a Catechetical Leader in parishes, Catholic schools and Catholic Campus Ministry.  Her training includes 12 years of New Orleans Catholic schools, undergrad studies in Art and Spanish Education; graduate degrees in Religious Education and Applied Ministries and summer studies in Rome. 


Dr. Clement has spent her entire ministry career serving “in the trenches” within parishes and local communities as she worked to translate lofty theological concepts into useful, everyday catechetical tools.  Over the years, she has assisted dioceses in Virginia, Louisiana and Florida with the design and implementation of training resources for parish leadership and catechetical leaders.  Her published works include resources for the Diocese of Richmond, VA, Wm H. Sadlier company, St. Mary’s Press, and articles for Today’s Parish and NCCL.  She is an adjunct theology professor for Saint Leo University in Florida, and designed their graduate Catechetical Leaders Methodology course.  She is also a facilitator for University of Dayton’s online VLCFF program.


After her retirement from full-time parish ministry, Pat Clement co-founded The Pentecost Vigil Project, Inc., a non-profit ministry dedicated to promoting Pope Francis’ call for Church renewal through Spirit-led Synodality. .


Dr. Clement is available for live and virtual workshops for dioceses, parishes, schools and campus ministry communities.  She is also available to virtually consult with faith communities that want to create or adapt programs to fit their specific vision and budget. She is available to travel across the US or beyond. Dr. Clement is not fully fluent in Spanish, but has some functional abilities with the language and especially with the Catholic Latino-American culture.  She also is also completely at home with faith communities that reflect the African-American-Catholic charisms (Louisiana is home to the largest population of African-American Catholics).


The Pentecost Vigil Project team is currently collaborating with The Pastoral Center.  Dr. Clement has a working knowledge of many of their RCIA and Parish resources, especially “The Catholic Way” series. 



  • Parish Leadership Training & School Faculty Inservice

  • Creating your parish / school / campus ministry “Job Description” based on Acts 2

  • Creative ways to make your parish a welcoming space for Pre-school families

  • Total Family Faith Formation beyond the classroom and into the Homes

  • Creative Parish Faith Formation without a classroom, or budget, and using the gifts you have on hand

  • Synodality 101 – How to find out what the Holy Spirit wants your parish to do next

  • Creative ideas for Baptism Prep, Sacrament Prep and Whole Parish Formation, all on a budget.

  • 25 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Parish Ministry (a book in process)

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