Dear Visitors and Parishioners,
July 21, 2019
My name is Fr. Nicholas Reynolds, and I am your new parochial vicar. I was just ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 8, 2019.
I was born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in both Savannah and St. Simons Island, Georgia. I went to parochial schools growing up, where I first felt pulled toward the priesthood, seeing the priest say Mass as a young boy. It wasn't until college that I discovered I wanted to be a religious, inspired by my campus chaplain who was a Franciscan. I attended Furman University, a small university in the city of Greenville, South Carolina, where I majored and received my Bachelor degree in Physics. He had a profound love for the poor, was a hard worker, and always had an infectious joy that was palpable. In college I had the opportunity to do an internship at the Franciscan parish, where my college campus chaplain was also the pastor. There, I stayed in the old friary with four other of my college friends from the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), and grew to love living in community and praying the office together every morning and evening. I knew then that I desired to be a religious priest. My campus chaplain encouraged me to find a religious order which would benefit from and appreciate my love for the natural sciences.
I found the Order of Preachers mostly through a divine providence. I looked at several orders and congregations, but none seemed quite right. After college I talked to my pastor and the former Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, who suggested the Dominicans and knew a contact. Within a few days I received a phone call from the vocations director from the Province of St. Martin de Porres who happened to be coming near Savannah for a vacation and wanted to visit. I drove up from St. Simons Island, and we met in Savannah and talked about our vocations. I was basically sold. I visited the brothers and both New Orleans and St. Louis and had a profound experience of family and camaraderie. I entered the Order in 2012, and I haven't looked back.
Please pray for vocations. There is a great need for good men and women to join religious life, to give their life in a new and radical way to the Lord. I hope as I begin my time here at Holy Rosary that you will help call me to a fuller joy and growth in my priesthood and to be true to the call of my vocation. Like any state in life, being a religious is both a challenge and a great joy. It matters not whether we are ultimately called to marriage, religious, or a single vocation, but that we heed the call of God for us to follow Christ, not weighing the cost and to pray for those in other vocations. So please, continue to pray for the vocations in our Church.
Other than my vocation, I enjoy going to the movies, finding a book to read, cooking, going to local coffee houses and teahouses, and playing board games. My favorite Spiritual Masters are St. Augustine, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Aelred of Rievaulx, and Blessed John Ruysbroeck. They have each influenced my life in profound ways. I also enjoy reading sources from the Eastern Catholic tradition and the Early Church Fathers.
I am extremely happy to be here, and I look forward to serving you as a priest. In Christ,
-Fr. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P.