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 our community, he worked as a musician and in music stores.
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.
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 our 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.
"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."
Fun facts about Fr. Stuart:
- Birthdate: Sept. 26, 1984
- Favorite Saint: St. André Bessette
- Hobbies: Fishing, globetrotting
- Favorite Food: Seafood, pizza, and spaghetti
This video provides highlights from Fr. Stuart's Mass of Thanksgiving ("First Mass") on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017, at our mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City: