Thursday, March 7, 2013
My name is Deacon Nick Brown and I will be doing a few blog posts over the next few months as I prepare for Ordination to the Priesthood. I thought it would be good in this first post to simply tell you a little bit about myself and then later on, I will write about some other things including my recent trip to Rome and also my thoughts about entering Priesthood.
I grew up in the city of Louisville. Until I was 25, I lived about a mile away from St. Barnabas Parish. During the eight years that I went to grade school there, I was lucky enough to have Fr.Gary Davis as my pastor. Although I wasn’t thinking about priesthood back then (at all!), I still remember really liking him and as time went on, he became my model and image of a priest. After I graduated from St. Barnabas in 1996, I went through a period of about ten years when I got involved in pretty normal activities such as working full time and then getting my own apartment. When I was 23, in 2005, I became very interested in Jesus. This initially led me to start attending various churches (Pentecostal, Baptist, etc.) and even to do a year of studying at Louisville’s own Southern Baptist Seminary. But while I was there, I quickly became interested in Catholicism once again and found myself wanting to really delve into it. I wanted to discover what God was calling me to in my life. After some months of discerning, I began the process of joining seminary for the Archdiocese.
In the fall of 2007, I was accepted into the seminarian formation program and started at Bishop Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis. After completing my Bachelor’s in Philosophy, I entered Saint Meinrad Seminary in the fall of 2009. Since that time, I have served in some wonderful parishes of the Archdiocese including Good Shepherd in Portland, St. James in Elizabethtown, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Okolona, and St. Francis Xavier/All Saints in Mt. Washington and Taylorsville. It’s been amazing to be in these parishes. Along with these, I also spent a summer working as a chaplain at Kosair Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville as part of the CPE (Clinical Pastoral Experience) program.
As I write this, I am just a bit over 80 days away from Ordination, along with Deacon Chris Lubecke. I am very grateful and excited each and every day waiting for this wonderful privilege and calling. I look forward to posting again in the near future.