I grew up in an Air Force family and ended up moving around a fair amount as I grew up. I was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, but also lived in Alaska, California, Ohio, and Oklahoma. After graduating from high school in Oklahoma, I attended the University of Missouri-Rolla (now MS&T). While studying and completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, I gave constant thought to a vocation to the priesthood. It was an idea that had been on my mind since the beginning of high school. At times, I felt sure that I was supposed to enter the priesthood. At other times, I felt a strong desire to be a husband and father. These seemed contradictory to me, until I came to realize that a call to be a husband and father did not necessarily mean I was not meant to be a priest; rather, it simply meant that I was a normal, healthy male. Still, the idea of the priesthood scared me, as it is a very different way of life that demands certain sacrifices. However, after prayer and reflection, I knew I had to give the seminary a shot.
After graduating from UMR, I attended Conception Seminary College as a Pre-Theologian, having been accepted by the Diocese of Jefferson City. In a relatively short amount of time I knew that I had made the right choice. I felt complete, with the consolation that came from responding to God’s call. After the two year pre-theologian program, I studied theology for four years at Theological College, the diocesan seminary at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On June 9th, 2012, I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Jefferson City by Bishop Gaydos. My first assignment was as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City. The following summer I was transferred to St. Peter in Jefferson City as associate pastor where I was also involved with Hispanic ministry and said the Spanish Mass at St. Peter most Sundays. Currently, I am the pastor for the parishes of St. Joseph in Edina, St. John in Memphis and at St. Aloysius in Baring.
Through my formation and ministry, I have constantly been called to something new, something I would not have necessarily planned for myself. In each case, I have been blessed by God with occasions of grace and the blessing of serving His people. I hope this website helps all who visit it to more clearly hear the call of God and courageously respond.
Fr. Colin Franklin