Fr. Eilen was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2009. Prior to priestly ordination, he received six years of theological training at The St. Paul Seminary (2003-2009). Fr. Eilen was appointed the 7th Pastor of St Patrick by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, beginning his ministry on July 1, 2015. A native of Delano, MN, Fr. Eilen received his undergraduate degree in Biology (BA) from the College of St. Thomas in 1983. Prior to entering seminary, he worked for twenty years in the Courier Division for HealthEast Transportation (1983-2003), as part of the HealthEast Hospital system in St. Paul, MN. If he were trapped on a desert island, Fr. Eilen would bring the Bible, the Roman Missile (so he can offer Mass), and the best book on Sacred Art.