Dcn. Andrew Bowden
Deacon Andrew is a fourth year Theologian at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. His home parish is Saint Jude in Pearl. He was ordained a Deacon in preparation for priesthood on May 15, 2021
Rev. Mr. Andrew Bowden
Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
His story in his own words:
I am from Brandon and I have lived in Mississippi my whole life. I’ve wanted to be a priest for as long as I can remember. Fr. Martin Ruane, my first pastor, was a big influence on me. Prayer and discernment have made it clear that the diocesan priesthood is how God wants me to serve him.
The Blessed Mother is easily my favorite saint for obvious reasons, and the Servite rosary is probably my favorite devotion. It reflects on Mary’s seven sorrows.
The most rewarding part of being a seminarian has been getting to meet so many people in the diocese. The most challenging part has been being away from the diocese for so long during my formation.
My advice to those discerning a vocation is that It’s difficult and will be a long journey, but it will be worth it in the end.
You can send Andrew a personal note to 2901 S Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118.