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Paulist Fr. Bradford Shoeberle

Paulist Fr. Bradford Shoeberle is the pastor of Old St. Mary’s.

Fr. Brad was ordained on May 27, 2000. He served as the founding pastor of St. Luke University Parish in Allendale, Michigan where he was located for 10 years. He began his pastoral service at Old St. Mary’s, June 23, 2018 after being on a sabbatical for a year visiting various Paulist Communities across the country and in Rome.

Photos of Fr. Brad’s priesthood

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Paulist Fr. Patrick Johnson

Paulist Fr. Patrick Johnson is an associate pastor of Old St. Mary’s. He was ordained on May 4, 1974.


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Paulist Fr. Stuart Wilson-Smith

Paulist Fr. Stuart Wilson-Smith is associate pastor of Old St. Mary’s Church in Chicago.
He previously served as associate director of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbus, OH.
Fr. Stuart is a native of Eastern Canada.  He was born in Nova Scotia and grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Toronto.
Prior to joining the Paulist community, he worked as a musician and in music stores.
He entered the novitiate on August 27, 2011, and made first promises to the Paulist community on July 28, 2012.
During his seminary years, he was active at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C., notably with the Landings ministry for Catholics returning to the Church after a time away.
He made his final promises on Sept. 2, 2016, and was ordained a transitional deacon on Sept. 3, 2016.
In May, 2017, he received a Master of Divinity degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Stuart was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, AZ, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, during a Mass at the Paulist mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York City.
He celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving (“First Mass”) on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

In his own words:
“Though I was baptized Catholic, and attended Sunday school throughout my early years growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I was also exposed to various expressions of Protestantism. As I embarked on a spiritual and intellectual quest in my teens to find where God was calling me, I found myself to be Catholic all over again and became eager to spread the joy and the sense of peace the faith had brought me with others.”

Below is an interview with Fr. Stu as he likes to be called:

Fun facts about Fr. Stuart:

  • Birthdate: Sept. 26, 1984
  • Favorite Saint: St. André Bessette
  • Hobbies: Fishing, globetrotting
  • Favorite Food: Seafood, pizza, and spaghetti

To learn more about Fr. Stuart, visit his profiles on TwitterSoundCloud and Pinterest.
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Paulist Fr. Daniel McCotter

Paulist Fr. Daniel McCotter is a native of St. Louis, MO.
He studied at Christian Brothers University (Philosophy and Theology); the University of Memphis (MA, Elementary Education); and Washington Theological Union (MDiv).
Fr. Daniel was ordained on May 16, 1981. Prior to his ordination as a Paulist, he spent 10 years as a Christian Brother.
He served many years as pastor at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, followed by a stint as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community in Los Angeles.
He currently is a priest in-residence for Old St. Mary’s Church.