Patrick Carolan has been the executive director of the Franciscan Action Network for the past four years. The Franciscan Action Network is a non-profit social justice advocacy organization representing more than 50 different Franciscan institutions nationwide. FAN is one of the faith voices for justice on Capitol Hill, focusing on immigration, human trafficking, climate change and peace-building—including gun violence prevention. In addition to these efforts, FAN also heads up the Interfaith Money in Politics coalition that takes a look at the issue in light of these legislative priorities.
In 2013, Patrick was one of the key leaders in organizing the Fast 4 Families campaign for comprehensive immigration reform where he fasted for 13 days. The campaign is still ongoing. He has been a leader and frequent speaker on the faith perspective on climate change. This includes speaking at Duke University, Columbia University and many other colleges and universities. Carolan resides in both Washington, D.C. and Stratford, Conn. Before coming to FAN, he worked in church ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Stratford. During the 80’s and early 90’s he was involved in union organizing. In 1988 Carolan was elected president of the Connecticut State Federation of State Employees Local 4200 AFT AFL-CIO. After leaving the labor movement, Carolan became a corporate executive in the manage care industry. He helped set up the Connecticut Medicaid Managed Care Program. In 2004, he and his wife Stella became foster parents and adopted several children in addition to their caring for their own children. He is the son of immigrants who came to America in 1950.