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Father Patrick Johnson, Church Pastor in Boston, Dies at 78

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Mr. Johnson was described in obituaries as a beloved pastor. He lived in an apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife, Jill Jelks. They have four children.

A biography on his church website said he was a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Notre Dame, and a former seminarian. It said he was ordained in 1983 by the Episcopal Diocese of Greater Boston and spent 10 years there.

During that time, the site said, he focused on outreach and helped start the National Bishops’ Day Network and the United States Episcopal Conference’s Justice and Peace Working Group.

After leaving the Episcopal Diocese, he became co-founder and associate pastor of an Episcopal church in Cambridge, Mass., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1986.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Church said Tuesday the people at the service who described Mr. Johnson as an “amazing man” were correct.

“Even though his life spanned many different worlds, Thomas Church was home for him, and his life was enriched and enriched every single day by the unique relationships he nurtured with his co-workers, students, and loved ones,” she said.

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