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PASTOR & RECTOR — Father Bryan W. Jerabek, J.C.L.

Father Jerabek became Pastor & Rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 1, 2016.

He originally comes from Portsmouth, 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 by Bishop David E. Foley, D.D., attending Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Bishop Foley ordained him a transitional deacon on March 3, 2007.

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 was at Holy Spirit Parish in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was Parochial Vicar, with special responsibility for the parish’s large Hispanic community. During his first year he also covered English and Spanish Masses once a month at Our Lady of the Valley in Fort Payne, which at that time still did not have its own pastor. He was also assigned as a Teacher, Associate Chaplain, and then Chaplain of the 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 (“Santa Croce”). Father completed his degree (ecclesiastical licentiate) in the Summer of 2014 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 Jerabek was named Chancellor of the Diocese of Birmingham, a position he continues to hold. He was named Pastor & Rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 1, 2016. He also serves as a Judge on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and as diocesan censor librorum (reviewer of books for approval to publish). Bishop Baker also tasked him with being Chairman of the recent Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, June 28-29, 2019.

Father is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He is also a Fourth-Degree Knight of Columbus.

Father Jerabek enjoys traveling, sacred art and music, and visiting with his eleven nieces and nephews. He speaks English, Spanish, and Italian. He may be contacted at fatherjerabek@stpaulsbhm.org. You may follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/frjerabek or browse his blog at http://fatherjerabek.com.

 

PAROCHIAL VICAR — Father Joshua M. Altonji

Fr. Altonji is Chaplain of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic University Chapel (which is a chapel of the Cathedral of Saint Paul) and Assistant Vocations Director for the Diocese of Birmingham. In addition to these responsibilities, he has served as Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral since July 2018. He was ordained by Bishop Robert Baker on June 24, 2017 after completing his seminary education at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Fr. Altonji’s previous assignment was at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESIDENT PRIEST — Father Patrick P. Cullen

Fr. Cullen was born in Dublin, Ireland and has served the Diocese of Birmingham for over 50 years. He co-founded the Nazareth House Apostolate, a program that offers religious education, pastoral care, and liturgical celebrations for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities; he has served as its Director since 1970. Fr. Cullen holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in mental retardation from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From 2000 to 2006 he served as Rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul, and from 2008 to 2015 he served as Vicar Forane of the West Birmingham Deanery. He has been a Priest in Residence at the Cathedral since 2015.