Father Prentice Dean and his wife Teresa entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2006. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests, through the Pastoral Provision, on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22, 2010. Fr. Dean has served as Administrator/Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish and St. Michael parish since June 2011. The churches are located in Robertson County, north of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to those assignments Fr. Dean served as transitional deacon and as Assisting Priest at The Church of the Assumption in Nashville between August 2009 and June 2011. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Nashville between 2006 and 2011. Prior to entering the church, he was Rector of St. Bede Episcopal Church in Manchester, Tennessee.
Having grown up in the northeast, and graduated from The George Washington University in Washington DC, with a Bachelor’s degree in history, he married and raised his family in Maryland. Fr. Dean has worked in historical research with the government and for a remodeling contractor and operated his own furniture-making business while being a stay-at-home father. He has finished all course work for Masters in management, and earned a Master’s degree in Divinity from the School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 2004.
Besides their twin daughters, Clarissa and Sarah, Fr. Dean and Teresa have been blessed with two grandchildren, Daniel, age 20 months, and Joseph, 2 months. Clarissa and her husband Tim live in Maryland and are members of St. Luke’s Ordinariate Church in Washington, D.C. Sarah earned her PhD at Rice University in 2014 and works in the oil industry in Houston.
If you come regularly to the 10:30 Mass on Sundays, you probably noticed that the choir coming down for Communion has increased in numbers, but shrunk in stature. We are in summer mode now. We do not meet on Wednesday evenings, but at 9:00 a.m. before Sunday Mass. This also means that the Youth Choir does not rehearse on Sundays after the 10:30 Mass. We have combined for the summer, and it has been marvelous and a challenge. It is amazing that a parish this size does not have a few more choir members in both choirs. Needless to say, these precious few choristers have a wonderful commitment and talent (and the parents also.)
This would be a wonderful time to come and sing with the choir. There is a minimum amount of time needed. Right now, everything is done on Sundays. We are avoiding difficult anthems, but we are still rehearsing to create liturgical and sacred vocal art. The children all have beautiful voices and are blending with the more adult, mature voices. AND… all of us could use a dose of youthful exuberance. Think and pray about joining us. It is sad that we lost so many singers, all for serious reasons. We do need you to replace them.
Since we are not a huge parish, we will never have a large choir. That is okay. What we will do is “grow our own” from the youth in the parish as well as entice as many of you adults as possible.
Can you sing? If you don’t know, let me listen to you privately. If you don’t read music, I will teach you painlessly. No brag, just fact - I can teach anyone to sing and read music if there is a desire. Give me a chance.