Fr Eugene Pathe was born in Sheffield, England, the youngest of 5 surviving children. He was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and the De La Salle Brothers until joining the seminary in 1947. The seminary was St Cuthbert's College, Durham, England which was established when the English College at Douai, France - home of the English Martyrs of Elizabeth 1's reign and beyond—was closed by the French Revolution.
His ordination was in his home parish in 1956 after which he went to the university for degrees in history and education with a view to becoming a teacher at St Bede's High School in Bradford, England. After 29 years of teaching he became a pastor until on medical advice he came to Pensacola "To live in a warm climate." He served in St Mary Parish in Pensacola, St Mary in Fort Walton Beach and Holy Name of Jesus. Retiring in 2004 he still leads retreats, days of recollection, parish missions and weekend work. Apart from that he plays very happily with wood, the yard and little building projects.