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Priest Assignments Announced for UCat

Bishop Mark Spalding has asked Fr. Gervan Menezes to take on two new assignments. Fr. Gervan has been named to a new position – Diocesan Director of Campus Ministries — to oversee all the college campus ministries throughout the Diocese of Nashville. He has also been named pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cookeville.
Fr. Rhodes Bolster has been named the new chaplain of UCat/Nashville. 
Cookeville is also home to Tennessee Technological University, where Fr. Gervan will directly oversee the college campus ministry there in addition to his other duties as pastor.
Fr. Bolster was born and raised in Nashville and is excited to be 10 minutes away from the house he grew up in. He was the Associate Pastor at St. Philip parish in Franklin for the past two years.  Fr. Bolster attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC before entering seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio, where he earned his B.A. in philosophy. He attended seminary in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a License of Sacred Theology in Liturgical Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2019. In addition to serving as Chaplain of University Catholic, he will serve as an Episcopal Master of Ceremonies. 
“Fr. Bolster will put his many gifts to use in carrying on the mission of UCat that Fr. John Sims Baker began 16 years ago and that was handed on to Fr. Michael Fye and then to me,” said Fr. Gervan.   “The students will love him and learn so much from him.”
“Fr. Gervan has given innumerable blessings to the University Catholic Community,” said Nick Aguirre, VU’14, Director of Campus Ministry for UCat/Nashville. “We will miss him daily, but we are so grateful for his leadership and vision that will continue in his new role.” 

Alum Ordained

Reverend Pachomius Walker, OP, (Micah Walker, VU ’11) was ordained to the priesthood on May 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Reverend Alex Wyvill (VU’16) was ordained on June 18 for the Archdiocese of Washington. We offer prayers of thanksgiving for their vocations and ask for God’s graces to flow from their priesthood.

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