Deacon Patrick Toole

Honorary Alumnus Award
Chancellor & Secretary of the Curia, Diocese of Bridgeport

Deacon Toole currently serves communities as the chancellor and secretary of the Curia for the Diocese of Bridgeport. In that role, he has been instrumental in helping to bring Fairfield Bellarmine to fruition. In 2014, Rev. Jim Bowler, S.J. collaborated with Deacon Toole to form the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Advisory Board and appointed him chair, a position Toole has held since. The two worked together to define and launch the Center which officially opened in 2015. Deacon Toole also sits on the School of Engineering Advisory Board.

“Pat in every imaginable way strengthens the communion and collaboration that unite the University and the Diocese,” says Rev. Gerald Blaszczak, S.J., who has worked closely with Toole on the formation of Fairfield Bellarmine.

In honor of his parents, Toole and his wife, Lyndy, recently established the Dr. Patrick and Mary Ann Toole Computer Lab at the School of Engineering, underscoring Deacon Toole’s belief in a Jesuit education that produces graduates who use their skills in service to others.

Toole joined IBM in 1984 shortly after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in electrical engineering, and has held a variety of executive positions in technology and services. He retired from IBM in 2017 and was honored by the company as a “Distinguished Engineer” for his contributions and leadership.