Fr. John Sims Baker was installed as the pastor of St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Church in August. A graduate of Vanderbilt School of Law and the University of the South in Sewanee, Fr. John Sims Baker was ordained in 1994 upon the completion of his seminary studies at The Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He has served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Nashville before being assigned Chaplain at Vanderbilt in 2006, a position he still holds.Fr. Baker grew up in the small town of Ashland City Tennessee, where his father was a judge. His Mom, Dad, sister and he were a devout Episcopalian family. His sister was the first to become Catholic, right after college graduation. Shortly thereafter, she entered the convent and became a Dominican sister. Fr. Baker began taking instructions in the Catholic faith prior to the start of Law School. Two short years after his own First Communion, he and his sister were the sponsors for their parents when they joined the Catholic Church in 1988.
We are delighted to welcome Fr. Michael Fye as Associate Pastor of St. Mary's.
Fr. Fye is from Charlotte, Tennessee. He attended St. Patrick's School in McEwen, where he was an altar server for Fr. Baker. Upon graduation from high school, Fr. Fye attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. For his theological studies, Fr. Fye was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Fr. Fye was ordained to the priesthood last summer, as a member of the record-breaking ordination class of last year. He returned to Rome for the year to complete studies in Moral Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, "the Angelicum." Fr. Fye will also serve as associate to University Catholic, where Fr. Baker also serves as Chaplain.
Bishop Richard Pius Miles, OP is one of the unsung heroes of American Catholicism, and especially of its move beyond the Appalachians. He was the first Bishop of Nashville and heroically erected the Church of Tennessee, enduring great hardship. He was a kind, pious, and loving man whose life was utterly dedicated to the Lord and his Church. Though he died in 1860, his body was found to be incorrupt in 1972. Read more
In 1926 the Nashville firm of Asmus & Clark renovated both the exterior and interior of St. Mary's, finishing the west facade in local limestone and altering the original octagonal belfry. In 1972 the congregation moved the cast iron casket of Bishop Miles to a small chapel in the church's northwest corner. St. Mary's celebrated its 165th anniversary in 2012.
St. Mary's office is staffed on
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm
Use side entrance on Charlotte. Please ring the doorbell.
330 5th Avenue N Nashville, TN 37219
Located on the corner of 5th & Charlotte