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
So 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 City, Alabama.
I grew 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.
In 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
In 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 ever since.
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).
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
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
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!