Getting to Know Father Chris

(We asked Father Chris to tell us a little about himself and here are his answers.)

Tell us about your family…

I am the oldest of 7.  I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers.  I am 30 years old, I have 3 siblings who are in their 20’s, twin sisters who are 17 (going into their senior year at Mason H.S.), and the youngest is 13 (going into the 8th grade).  I also have 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

What is a hobby of yours?

I enjoy playing any sport and I like to read.  I have begun to develop an extensive coffee mug collection…I really like to get a coffee mug when I travel somewhere to commemorate the trip.

What is your favorite place to travel?

When I was growing up I really liked going to the beach, but lately I have preferred spending a week on a lake or in the mountains.  However, my trip to the Holy Land a few years ago has had the greatest impact on me.  Also, believe it or not, I still haven’t been to Rome!

Fr. Chris Welcome 2

If you hadn’t been ordained a priest, what do you think you would do? 

This is a hard question to answer, it would be like asking a married man who he would marry if he hadn’t married his wife.  I taught high school math for a year before going into the seminary, but to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.  I know that the Lord created me to be his priest, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Where did you grow up–home parish, grade school, high school, college?

I was born in Louisville, KY (all of my extended family still lives down there), and my family moved to Mason when I was 3.  I went to St. Susanna for grade school, then to Mason H.S., then the University of Cincinnati where I majored in Mathematics and got a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education.  I just graduated from the Athenaeum/Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary with a Master’s in Divinity and a Master’s in Biblical Studies.

Are there any interesting facts about you? 

I’ve never been to Disney World (apparently that’s something you are supposed to do as a kid), but I had the chance to meet Barry Larkin when I was about 8… it was the highlight of my childhood, and I would have chosen those 30 seconds with Barry Larkin over a trip to Disney World any day.

Welcome Father Chris,

We are blessed to have you as our Parochial Vicar.