delighted to be among you at St. Theresa as your Pastor. It is with
humility and reverence that I seek to follow in the footsteps of
Fr. Jim Naughton who served so lovingly and faithfully over the
years. I am also grateful to Bishop Baker for his support and confidence
in allowing me to serve you.
that you might know me better I thought perhaps I might write a
few lines about my life thus far. I was born in Anniston, Alabama
in 1967 of Earl and Janet Bean. My father passed away in 2007
and my mother still lives in Ragland. I have one younger sister,
Kristie Thorne, who is married to J.T. and has three children: Hannah
(25), Anna Grace (15), and Grayson (5). All but Hannah live in Terre
Haute, Indiana. Hannah is married to Tyler Miller and lives in Pell
up in Ragland, Alabama and attended Ragland School for twelve years
graduating from high school in 1986. I played baseball and excelled
in music. I attended undergraduate school at Jacksonville State
University on a music scholarship while supporting myself as a professional
French horn player. I finished a B.A. in Music in 1990. From 1987
until 1993 I was Principal Horn of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
I also was a freelance musician in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Atlanta
and attended the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute.
1991 I entered graduate school at Samford University's Beeson Divinity
School. I completed an M.A. in Religious Studies in 1993. For a
year I studied at Oxford University in England and received a M.St.
in Theology in 1994. It was my time at Beeson and Oxford that prompted
my interest in church history and hence, the Catholic faith. Up
until this time I had been an untroubled Baptist! I was ordained
as a Baptist minister in 1992 but it proved to be short lived as
I entered the Catholic Church during the 1996 Easter Vigil.
1998 I was accepted by Bishop David Foley as a Seminarian for the
Diocese of Birmingham. I attended St. Meinrad Seminary and School
of Theology receiving an M.A. in Church History in 2000 and the
M.Div. in 2003. I was ordained a priest by Bishop Foley in 2003
at the Cathedral of St. Paul. I have served as a diocesan priest
first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Peter the Apostle
Catholic Church in Hoover with teaching duties at John Carroll Catholic
High School. After a year I became (simultaneously!) the administrator
and later Pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Adamsville and
parish priest of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Wylam all the
while continuing to teach at John Carroll (I taught for four years).
2008 until 2014 I was Pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Gadsden
(the only Catholic Church in Etowah County). St. James has a school
and a large Hispanic community which definitely broadened my experience.
During this time I gradually completed my Ph.D. in history at the
University of Alabama.
traveled in Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, India, Africa,
Israel, Egypt, Mexico, and Peru. I love books and have a large library.
I also collect classical music albums and have at present over 15,000
vinyl records and cd's in my collection. I paint as a hobby though
I am mostly self-taught. The back end of the garage is now my new
studio! I like to fish and love professional baseball (Go Yankees!!!!).
I have a housecat named Fiona. She loves people and will be a staple
in the office and rectory.
BIG question: Alabama fan or Auburn fan? Even though I attended
the University of Alabama I never make a stand in public! I root
for both! I am really an Ole Miss fan since my Uncle John played
football for them in the 1950's!