Fr. Patrick J. Rohen: Former Fundamentalist Minister
July 4, 2011
Fr. Rohen grew up in Toledo, Ohio in a Catholic home. After hight school, he entered the Air Force. While stationed in Italy, through the influence of a Protestant chaplain, he left the Church and became an Evangelical Protestant, in 1978. He came under the strong influence of books by Hal Lindsey about the End Times. After the service, he was ordained in the Independent Fundamental Churches of America. From 1981 to 1984, he attended the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago. At this time Fr. Rohen’s theology centered on the Rapture and the imminent return of Christ. After a period of burnout, he left the ministry, returned to school and joined the National Guard. He began to seek a better understanding of the faith and returned to the Catholic Church, in 1990. He heard a call to the priesthood and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1996. Fr. Rohen is now a retired US Army Captain, having served as a military chaplain.