Fr. David Wheeler

Fr. David Wheeler grew up in Clay County KY as a parishioner of St Ann Mission. He is the 4th of seven children and has three brothers and three sisters. He was homeschooled through high school. After his graduation in 2008 he worked in for three years in construction and farming. David entered seminary for the Diocese of Lexington in 2011. After receiving a BA in philosophy and humanities David was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he earned both a STB (Sacred Theology Baccalaureate) from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a STL (Sacred theology Licentiate) in moral theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).

Father Wheeler was ordained to the priesthood on June 29th 2019 in the Cathedral of Christ the King. After completing his advanced studies in Rome, Fr. Wheeler was assigned for three months as the Sacramental Minister of St Andrews in Harrodsburg, KY beginning in July 1st of 2020.

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Fr. Mark Ouma

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Fr. Damian Anumba

Fr. Damian Anumba

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Fr. John Lijana

Fr. John Lijana

Born: June 16, 1965

 

Family History:

 

Born: City/State/Date: Cleveland, OH

Father: James P. Lijana

Mother: Judith L. Lijana

Siblings:

James M. Lijana

Jennifer L. Lijana

Jerry S. Lijana

Jeffery F. Lijana

Schools Attended:

Saint Meinrad Seminary

The University of Memphis

The Ohio State University

Degrees:

MBA, Production & Operations Management

Master of Divinity

Ordination:

May 21, 2016 by Most Reverend John Stowe, OFC

at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY

 

Ministry Assignments:

2016 – Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY

2017 – Queen of All Saints Beattyville, KY

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Rev. Alan Carter

Rev. Alan Carter

Family History:
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, 1973
Father: Dana Carter (dec)
Mother: Peggy Carter
Three brothers, One sister: Shawn, Shane, Chaes, Chastity

Education:
Deep Springs Elementary Lexington, Kentucky 1979 – 85
Brian Station Jr. High Lexington, Kentucky 1985 – 88
Brian Station Sr. High Lexington, Kentucky 1988 – 91
Washington & Lee University Lexington, Virginia 1991 – 95
St. Meinrad Seminary St. Meinrad, Indiana 2007 – 13
& School of Theology

Degrees:
B.A. – Politics, Religion, Philosophy, Washington & Lee University
 M.A. – Catholic Philosophical Thought, St. Meinrad Seminary
 M. Div. – St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Ministerial/Professional Involvements:
St. Meinrad Alumni Association Board of Directors (2013 – Present) Priest, Prophet and King Confirmation Retreats (2009 – Present)
One Bread, One Cup Youth Liturgical Leadership (2011 – Present) Conference St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology
Certifications/Professional Designations:
Supervisor of Pastoral Care/Ministry
 (Graduate Certification – St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology)
 Supervisor of Homiletics
 (Graduate Certification – St. Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology)
 Pastoral Care Specialist
 (American Association of Pastoral Counselors)
Ordained:
Order of Deacon– June 2, 2012 by The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Lexington, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY.
 Order of Presbyter – May 18, 2013 by The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Lexington, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY.
First Solemn Mass:
Pentecost Sunday 2013 at 11:15am
Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY May 19, 2013

Pastoral Assignments:
 July 2013 – July 2014      Parochial Vicar, Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY
 July 1, 2014 – Assigned to _____________

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Fr. Richard Watson

Fr. Richard Watson

Born:  Tompkinsville, KY, January 1, 1961

Family History:
Father:             Henry Ray Watson
Mother:             Mary Bobbie Dugan Watson
Siblings:           Jackie R. Watson
Debbie Elrod
Children:           Bethany Watson Prewitt

Education: Gamaliel Elementary School: 1967-1975
Gamaliel, KY
Gamaliel High School: 1975-1979
Gamaliel, KY
Western Kentucky University: 1979-1981
University of Kentucky: 1981-1984
Sacred Heart School of Theology: 2008-2011

Degrees:   Bachelor of  Health Science  UK   –  Aug. 1984
Master of Divinity  –  May 2011

Ordination:
Transitional Deacon
Date:
    June 5, 1999
Place:   Cathedral of Christ the King Lexington, Kentucky
By: Bishop J. Kendrick  Williams

Priesthood
Date:   May 21, 2011
Place:  Cathedral of Christ the King Lexington, Kentucky
By: Bishop Ronald W. Gainer

First Solemn Mass:
               May 22, 2011 (8:45 a.m. Mass)
Cathedral of Christ the King
Lexington, Kentucky

Ministry Assignments:
               July 5, 2011 –
Parochial Vicar
Cathedral of Christ the King
Lexington, Kentucky

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Fr. Albert Joseph DeGiacomo

Fr. Albert Joseph DeGiacomo

Born: Cambridge, MA

Parents: Albert and Josephine(Giampapa) DeGiacomo

Ordination:
      May 17, 2008 Cathedral of Christ the King by  Bishop Ronald Gainer

Education:
1982-1984     Loyola University of Chicago Studies in Philosophy
1973-1989     Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
BA English and Theatre        1973
MA English                            1979
MA Pastoral Ministry             1989
1919              Tufts University Medford, MA
PhD Drama                           1993
2008              Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI
M. Div. Theology May
2006              Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska
Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Teaching Experience:
1974-1980        Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody, MA,
English Teacher, 1987-88 & 1974-1980
Chairperson of English Department, 1979-1980
1978-1986      The Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield, CT
Chairperson of English Department, 1979-80
English Teacher, 1984-86
1989-1993       Tufts University, Medford, MA
Teaching Assistant, Department of Drama, 1989-91
Instructor, Dept. of Drama, Spring 1991-93
1994-1998       Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA
Assistant Professor of English, January 1994 – Spring 1998

1998-2005       Berea College, Berea, KY
Associate Professor of English and Theatre Fall 1998 – Spring 2005
Assignments:
2008-2009       Assistant Pastor Christ the King, Lexington, KY May 2008 – June 2009
2009-               Assistant Pastor Holy Spirit Parish, July 2009 –
2021-  Associate Pastor Christ the King, Lexington, KY

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Fr. Patrick Cornelius Fitzsimons

Fr. Patrick Cornelius Fitzsimons

Born:  November 19, 1960, in Dublin, Ireland.

Parents:  Nora O’Shea and Patrick M. Fitzsimons

Sisters:
Ann Noone
Eileen Fogarty
Norrie Barrett
Mary Barrett and
Josephine Brehney

Education:
         St. Mary’s National School, Summerhill, County Meath.
St. Michael’s College, Trim, County Meath.
Milltown Park Institute of Philosophy & Theology, Dublin
Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Univ. of St Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.

Degrees:
         Certificate of Philosophical Studies
National Certificate in Humanities
M.A. in Theology
Masters of Divinity.

Ordained:
         May 19, 2001 Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, Kentucky

Ministry:
         Diaconate Assignment, 2000 – 2001 Good Shepherd Church, Frankfort Kentucky.
Associate Pastor, 2001 – 2002 – Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary, Lexington, Kentucky.
Associate Pastor, 2002 – 2006 Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, Kentucky.

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Fr. Mark Daniel Dreves

Fr. Mark Daniel Dreves

Family History:
Born:
November 12, 1967 at Granite City, IL
Parents: John Peter and Myrna Jean (Reichart) Dreves

Education:
Elementary         St. James, Boniface, KY                      1975 – 1982
Secondary          Covington Catholic High School
Covington, KY                             1982 – 1986
College              Thomas More College                           1986 – 1987
Philosophy      Niles College of Loyola University,
Chicago, IL                                1987 – 1990
Theology          St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL 1990 – 1995

Degrees:
BA     Philosophy
Master of Divinity

Ordained:
Deaconate:        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Lexington, KY,
November 20, 1994 by the Most Rev. Bishop J. Kendrick Williams.
Priesthood:        Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY,
May 20, 1995 by the Most Rev. Bishop J. Kendrick Williams.

Assignments:
1995        Cathedral of Christ the King, part-time associate pastor, part-time faculty
Lexington Catholic High School
Coordinator for Recruitment and Screening of Potential Seminarians
Associate Vocation Director for the Diocese of Lexington
1996        Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Associate Pastor,
Lexington Catholic High School 1/3 time faculty
1997        Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary – half-time associate pastor,
Recruitment and Screening of Potential Seminarians – half-time Coordinator
1999-2003
Full-time Director of Vocations
Part-time Director of Vocations
Part-time sacramental minister at Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary
2003 – 2005 Pastor Sacred Heart Church, Corbin, KY
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Williamsburg and
St. Boniface, Jellico, TN, sacramental minister;
continue as part-time Director of Vocations
2005 – present  Vicar General for Diocese of Lexington
2005 – 2006 Priest Moderator, Pax Christi Catholic Church, Lex., KY.
2006 – 2009  Priest Representative for Lexington Catholic High School  Board, Lex., KY three-year term.
2007 – 2014(W) Rector Cathedral of Christ the King

2014 – Sabbatical

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Fr. Gino Donatelli, S.J.

Fr. Gino Donatelli, S.J.

Born:             Pittsburgh, PA February13, 1950
Father:         Eugene Donatelli
Mother:         Martha Grove
Siblings:         Donna

Education:  
 Elementary:        Corpus Christi Grade school Pgh, Pa. 1956 -1964
High School:       Central Catholic HS Pgh., Pa. 1964 – 1968
 Seminary:           St. Pius X Erlanger, KY 1968 – 1972
University of Detroit 1972
New York University 1976 – 1977
Jesuit School of Theology Berkley CA 1979 – 1982
Santa Clara University 1980 – 1983
Lexington Theological Seminary 1997-2001

Degrees:
 BA Philosophy – Pius X Seminary Erlanger, Ky. 1972
MA English – New York University 1977
Masters of Divinity – Jesuit School of Theology Berkley, CA 1982
MA Counseling Psychology – Santa Clara University 1983
Doctorate in Ministry – Lex. Theological Seminary 2001

Ordination:
 June 12, 1982 at Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Chicago, IL by Bishop Abromovich

First Solemn Mass:
 June 13, 1982 at Loyola Academy Chapel Wilmette IL

Ministry Assignments:
 1972 –           Entered Jesuit Novitiate September
1974 –           First Vows November
1976-1979 – Loyola Academy Wilmette, IL – Teacher
1981-1982 – Deacon St. Joan of Arc Danville CA
1983-1997 – St. Ignatius College Prep Chicago, IL Teacher English and Counselor
1987-1993 – St. Ignatius College Prep Chicago, IL Teacher English and Director of Campus Ministry
1993-1997 – Associate Pastor Cathedral of Christ the King
1997-1999 – Associate Pastor St. Paul, St. Peter & St. Peter Claver
1999-2001 – Associate Pastor St. Paul & St. Peter
2001-2007 – Chaplain Loyola University Medical Center Pediatrics and Trauma Units
2008            Sts. Francis and John Georgetown KY
2009-           Associate Pastor Christ the King

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