Peace be with you! It is joy to be assigned with Fr. Jamin as parochial vicar of St. Margaret! I know I will get to know much about you in the future but let me share a little bit about myself. I grew up in Baton Rouge. Most Blessed Sacrament was my home parish, and it was there that I attended both elementary and middle school. Afterward, I went to Catholic High School in Baton Rouge all four years. When I was a senior, I began thinking and praying about the priesthood. I graduated from Catholic High in 2000, and I went to the University of Southern Mississippi for the next three years. After those three years of discerning if God was really calling me to the seminary, I decided to “drop everything” and give it a shot.
In the Fall of 2003, I enrolled at St. Joseph Seminary College for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. From there, the Lord kept calling me to continue my studies and discernment, and I enrolled in Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans in the Fall of 2005. I spent four years at Notre Dame before being ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 2009. As a seminarian I served at St. John the Baptist in Brusly and St. Jean Vianney in Baton Rouge. This is my sixth assignment as a priest. My first assignment was at Immaculate Conception in Denham Springs; my second assignment was at Christ the King on LSU’s campus; my third assignment was in the tri-parish cluster on the River Road (St. Michael, Sacred Heart, and St. Joseph); my fourth assignment was at the tri-parishes in Napoleonville and Labadieville (St. Anne, Assumption, and St. Philomena). For the last four years I have been assigned at St George in Baton Rouge. As you can see, I have moved around quit a bit in the diocese and have gotten a great deal of different pastoral experience! Again, I so look forward to ministering at St. Margaret’s while at the same time experiencing the love of Jesus through you all. God bless you, and I know that God has some wonderful
things in store for me in Albany!
In the Peace of Christ ~Fr. Paul Gros