Father Jake’s blog
“I am the oldest of 11 children. I was born and raised in the Fort Wayne area. In fact, I was baptized at St. Jude parish, so this is like a homecoming. I grew up in the parish of St. Louis Besancon just east of New Haven. I went to Heritage High School. After high school, I was a manager at Wendy’s in Decatur for a couple of years. I then worked at my uncle’s paintball gun company called Tippmann Pneumatics (yes I’m one of the Tippmann family).
Several years ago now, my brother-in-law asked me to be his baptismal sponsor for the RCIA program. As a result of going to the classes every week with him, I started wondering about my life’s vocation. The more I thought and prayed about what God wanted me to do, the more I thought I should become a priest. I finally ended up talking to the diocese and Bishop D’Arcy, and I entered the seminary in 2001. I spent 2 years in Boston, 2 years in Minnesota, and 4 years in Columbus OH. I was ordained a priest on October 31, 2009. For the past 4 years I have been the associate pastor at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in South Bend and the chaplain of Marian High School in Mishawaka.
This will be my first experience being a pastor, so I hope you are patient with me. But, I cannot tell you how excited I was to hear the Bishop say he wanted to send me to St. Jude. During my seminary years, I spent many hours in the adoration chapel with Ed Dahm. I attended many of the 6:15 masses before work. I would often make use of the sacrament of confession at St. Jude as well. All of these things made me who I am today. How blessed I am to be returning to a spiritual home.
I know many people will want to know about my likes and interests. I play guitar (electric and acoustic, Van Halen, Dave Matthews Band, stuff like that). I love to play golf, ride my bike, play basketball and racquetball. I look forward to spending more time with my family, now that I will be closer. I like to cook and eat. But most of all, I’m a follower of Jesus. I think time spent hearing confessions, saying Mass, teaching, and all the other duties of the priesthood are the most important activities in my life.
Fr. Bob and I have been friends for years, so I’m looking forward to working with him. Also, as a seminarian and priest, I have always looked up to the amazing example of Fr. Tom. I want to thank him for all his help and guidance over the years.
God bless you all, Father Jake”