Br. Patrick Horner, FSC

Br. Patrick Horner, FSC

Professor of English

Br. Patrick was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He was a student at Manhattan Prep (the Colleges now defunct preparatory school) for one year from 1959-60. Prior to coming to Manhattan College, Br. Patrick taught at La Salle Institute in Troy, NY (1968-75). He credits this teaching experience as having had the greatest impact on his life as a Brother. Br. Patrick has been a member of the English department at the College since 1977. He is a Giants fan and, of course, a Jaspers fan. Br. Patrick is interested in sports, especially golf, and enjoys opera and classical music as well as reading books on history and political biography.
 
Educational Background:
  • B.A. The Catholic University of America, 1968
  • M.A. State University of New York at Albany, 1972
  • Ph.D. State University of New York at Albany, 1975
Area of Expertise:
English literature, particularly of medieval England
 
On becoming a Christian Brother:
As a teenager, I knew I wanted to be a Christian Brother. I was motivated by the idea of teaching students and having an influence on their future success.
 
Other Brothers who have been inspirations or mentors:
Br. Peter Stewart
 
What have you found especially meaningful about teaching?
It is the gratitude of students for the impact one has had on their lives.
 
What has been a significant experience in your life outside of teaching?
Receiving support and friendship from a renewal program at Sangee de Cristo, N.M. in 1985
 
On his greatest contributions to the College:
Good teaching, maintenance of high academic standards, influence on faculty colleagues
 
On the future of the college:
I hope it continues to be an academic institution that offers students, especially less privileged ones, an opportunity for a solid education informed by concern for others and attention to the spiritual dimensions of life.
 
Career at Manhattan:
  • Department of English, 1977- present
  • Director of Academic Advising, School of Arts, 1990-93
  • Chair of English Department, 1994-1998, 2006 
  • Interim Dean of Arts, Spring 2000