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Pastor & Rector

Fr. Bryan W. Jerabek, J.C.L., became Pastor & Rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 1, 2016. Father originally comes from New Hampshire and first moved to Birmingham in 1999 to work at a local bank. While in Birmingham he began to discern a call to the priesthood. After leaving the workforce to complete university studies, he was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama by Bishop David E. Foley, D.D., attending Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. On June 7, 2008 he was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St. Paul by Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D. Father Jerabek’s first assignment as a priest was at Holy Spirit Parish in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was Parochial Vicar, with special responsibility for the parish’s large Hispanic community. He was also assigned as a Teacher and Associate Chaplain of then-Catholic High School (now St. John Paul II Catholic High School) in Huntsville. While at JP2 Father was involved with the transition to its new campus; particularly, with the construction and design of its chapel. After three years in Huntsville, Bishop Baker sent Father Jerabek to Rome to study canon law at the Pontifical College of the Holy Cross. Father completed his degree (ecclesiastical licentiate) in the Summer of 2011 and returned to be Administrator, later Pastor, of St. Barnabas and Holy Rosary parishes in Birmingham, with care also for the Hispanic community at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. In February 2016 Father was named Chancellor of the Diocese of Birmingham, and then was transferred to the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 1, 2016. He also serves as a Judge on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Father Jerabek enjoys traveling, sacred art and music, and visiting with his nine nieces and nephews. He may be contacted at fatherjerabek@stpaulsbhm.org.