I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, by my parents, Bob and Toni Fitzpatrick, née Tuccillo. I have two younger sisters, Lucy and Molly, both of whom live in New York City. I’ve attended Catholic schools my entire life, beginning with St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in St. Joseph, and concluding with nine years of seminary! I first experienced a call to the priesthood in the fourth or fifth grade, when two seminarians visited my classroom and told us about the terrible shortage of priests. It occurred to me at that time that if we were ever going to get any more priests to continue Jesus’ work, then it was up to young men to stand up and say “yes.” And why couldn’t I be one of those? The idea of being a priest began to take root and eventually I was sold. After graduating high school, I entered the seminary, and nine years later was ordained a priest on May 24th, 2014, by Bishop Robert Finn.
Since then, I have served in three parishes in Kansas City before moving to Colorado Springs in February of 2018. I’m very happy to be here in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, and particularly at St. Paul parish. My move to Colorado was precipitated by an unusual set of circumstances in the church of Kansas City. In the last ten years or so, the diocese ordained upwards of 30 new priests, which is a tremendous blessing, but also created a certain amount of “crowding.” So, I thought, if there were ever an opportunity to try something new in my life as a priest, now would be the time to ask. And here I am!
As far as my personal interests and hobbies, I’m a devoted supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as a road cycling enthusiast. I’m also an avid reader of fiction, especially spy and detective novels. I’ve recently been enjoying the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. I should also disclose that I am a proud J.R.R. Tolkien nerd. Yes, I have read and understood The Silmarillion. I also believe that Tom Bombadil is an embodiment of primordial goodness, perhaps even an incarnation of Eru Illúvatar himself. If you don’t know what this means, take comfort in the fact that you’re not a Tolkien nerd, and the blatant inaccuracies and misrepresentations of the Peter Jackson movies don’t keep you up at night. If you do, nothing more need be said.
It’s my pleasure to serve you at St. Paul. If there’s anything I can ever do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. Let’s pray for each other as we move forward with our mission of making the goodness of God known and felt the world over.