Patrick Grode is from Rapid City, S.D. and a graduate of South Dakota State University, with degrees in English and Theatre. For the previous 5 ½ years he was a Deputy State Attorney for Pennington County, S.D. He attended Ave Maria School of Law; he worked as an associate attorney at a law firm in Pierre, S.D.
“I feel God’s call to priesthood to be a servant of the poor, sick, and those who have no voice to lift them up and bring them to Jesus through the sacraments, and to bring healing to those who are most in need. The biggest influence in my discernment process has been the many faithful priests whom I have known over the years. I have several relatives who are priests, and they have been major influences in my life. I had excellent chaplains in high school, college, and law school. The pastor at my current parish has been an extraordinary blessing these last few years. I think that my relationships with all these men have kept me open to God's call.”