Fr. Paul Check
Fr. Paul Check is the sixth rector of St. John Fisher Seminary. A native of Bridgeport, Fr. Check was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1997 by Bishop Edward Egan. He has served as chaplain at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield; parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist in Stamford; and parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton.
From 2008-2016, Fr. Check was the Executive Director of Courage International, for which he traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas to make presentations to clergy about the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and her pastoral response to those who experience same-sex attractions.
Fr. Check is an alumnus of the Pontifical North American College and holds an STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University and an STL from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Since 1999, he has served on the faculty of St. John Fisher, teaching fundamental moral theology. Since 2004, he has taught a course in sexual ethics and medical ethics to candidates in the diocesan permanent diaconate program. For twelve years, Fr. Check taught a two-week course in moral theology in the “Gift of Faith” syllabus for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
Fr. Check graduated from Rice University in 1981 with a BA in History. He served as an officer in the US Marine Corps for nine years, prior to entering St. John Fisher Seminary in 1992.
Title: “Love One Another as I Have Loved You”: Self Awareness and the Imitation of Christ
Description: We are troubled when someone behaves thoughtlessly towards us, but do we trouble others without realizing it? When self-absorption replaces self-awareness, relationships suffer. By cultivating the virtues of gratitude, solicitude, forgiveness, and humility, after the example of Jesus, we grow in the self-giving that leads to peace and happiness.
Title: “It’s when I am weak that I am strong.”
Description: What vital spiritual lesson did St Paul learn, many years after his conversion, that united him more completely with the Crucified and Risen Savior? How can we find greater peace among the disappointments and trials of Christian life?