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Fr. Doerr's August 30th Article

Fr. Doerr's August 30th Article

  • Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • 1 September 2020

Father Brian M. Doerr

The welcome that we have received here this week at St. Elizabeth Seton has been warm and encouraging! We thank everyone who has extended well wishes and such sincere welcome! The staff at SEAS has been incredible!

I would like to take an opportunity, as your pastor, to share a little about my background with you. I was born in February of 1965, in Enid, Oklahoma, as my father was training in the US Air Force. Later, we settled on a small farm east of Pendleton, Indiana.  I graduated from Purdue University in 1987 with a degree in Agriculture Economics.  Following college, I was fortunate to work as a staff member for Senator Richard G. Lugar in Washington, DC, and later for the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Responding a call to the priesthood I received when I was seven years old, I attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, graduated in 1998, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.  My first assignment was as the Associate Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Kokomo, Indiana.

I then served as the Director of Vocations for the Lafayette Diocese from 2000 to 2011 and as Vice Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 2011 to 2016.  Incidentally, I had the opportunity to celebrate a weekly Mass for the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, and did so in the basilica (and on the tomb) of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton! Before coming to St. Elizabeth Seton here in Carmel, I served as the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

I have tried to keep busy and make a legitimate contribution to the church. I was the co-founder of the Frassati Society of Young Adult Catholics, Chaplain and Co-Creator of the Knights of the Holy Temple, founder of Those Catholic Men and Exodus 90 (,, am a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Board of Wilderness Outreach.

When not ministering in the church, I enjoy canoeing, camping, history, reading, hiking and I sometimes retreat to the Appalachian Mountains.  After ten years of research, I published “The Massacre at Deer Lick Creek,” in the Indiana Magazine of History in the Spring of 1997.

Yes, my brother, Father Richard Doerr, is the long-serving pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Carmel, Indiana. As you know, Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the largest church in the diocese… at least for now.

I look forward to working and worshiping with all of you at St. Elizabeth Seton parish. As you know, I lived here for a couple of years when I was vocation director and truly enjoyed the experience. Father Ted Rothrock was my own vocation director and I enjoy my friendship with him. I try to be available to anyone who may want to talk or to minister in the church. As we engage the plans of the diocesan effort, Uniting in Heart, you may see some important changes or adaptations at Seton. You will be fully informed as things unfold.

I look forward to meeting or reacquainting myself with you. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for us!