Of course we will miss Fr. Peter Richards when he departs for Mound at the end of June, but to prepare us to welcome our incoming pastor, Fr. Brian Park, here's a short profile in his own words:
- I was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. My parents, Paul and Mary Kay, still live in the house where I grew up in Ft. Worth. My dad is a semi-retired aeronautical engineer. Currently, he teaches undergraduate engineering courses part-time at the University of Texas at Arlington.
- I have two siblings. My older brother Chris and his family live in Pullman, Washington. Chris is a senior associate athletic director at Washington State University. My younger sister Katherine and her family live in Plano, Texas. Katherine is a corporate audit manager for Lennox Industries.
- I grew up in a great Catholic family and I played a lot of sports as a kid/teenager – football, basketball and baseball.
- I went to school at Texas A&M University, where I studied history and religious studies, and I am a HUGE college football fan.
- After I graduated from college in 2003, I moved to Minnesota where I volunteered/worked for NET Ministries in West St. Paul for four years. Youth ministry is very near and dear to my heart.
- In 2007, I entered the St. Paul Seminary to begin studying for the priesthood.
- On May 25, 2013, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and was assigned as the associate at St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony. In the fall of 2014, I took over as the parochial administrator (interim pastor) of St. Charles.
- During the summer of 2015, I was sent to become the pastor of Annunciation in South Minneapolis, where I have been for the last five years.
- Currently I am 39 years old, and my birthday is February 5. (I love ice cream – hint, hint)
- I am a member of the Companions of Christ, a fraternity of diocesan priests in our Archdiocese.
- I love Catholic schools, and I am very happy that I will be serving at a parish with a thriving school!
So that’s me in a nutshell. I love Jesus. I love the Church. I love being Catholic. I love being a priest. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. I am humbled and honored to be your next pastor, and I look forward to getting to know you, to praying with you, and to serving with you as we strive to make the name of Jesus Christ known and loved. God bless!
Photos courtesy of Fr. Brian Park.