GUN BARREL CITY–Eagle Scout. Piano player. Science Fiction fan. Born in Birmingham, Ala. Served in Afghanistan. Sound like a Priest? Probably not, but believe it or not, it is the condensed verstion of Father Bowlin’s bio.
Bowlins move to St. Jude Catholic Church was October 1 from Buffalo and he is welcoming the change.
Bowlin was born in Birmingham, Ala. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School where he made his first Confession and Holy Communion, before he and his family moved to Germany and San Antonio.
He was also educated at Grafenwoehr Elementary School and Heidelberg Middle School in Germany, then after moving back to Texas, attended Central Catholic Mariaist High School and St. Mary’s University. Bowlin moved on to Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio were he studied for six years.
Due to the advise of his father, who said he needed non-chaplain experience, Bowlin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 2000.
While attending a dinner party and accidently meeting Candido Corrado, he received a phone call the next day from Bishop Corrada, (Candido’s brother) who invited Bowlin to become a priest in the Diocese of Tyler.
Bowlin was ordanined to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ June 9, 2012.
He has spent time as Parochial Vicar at St. James in Sulphur Springs, Sacred Heart in Nacogdoches, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, as Priest-in-Charge at St. Peter the Apostle in Mineola and pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Buffalo prior to being transferred to St. Jude.
"The priesthood is what God called me to do," Bowlin said.
"I love St. Jude. It is a really good parish and can only go up from here."
His family lives in Virginia, San Antonio and Tyler.
"I love seeing people learn and grow. When I teach, people realize the depth of the faith," Bowlin said.
"Growth, holiness and community is what it boils down to. To gather for prayer, worship, study but also for community."
"The parishioners have a great foundation. But I would like to talk to those who may be confused about Catholism, what we believe and what our practices are.
When asked what he does when he is not a priest, Bowlin answered. "I’m never not a priest."
However, in his spare time, Bowlin likes to watch a little science fiction, learn languages, read, write essays and study theology.