Staff Member: Father Gary Brethour
Father Gary Brethour
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I feel silly writing all this once again, but for those who are new to our parish and/or school, I will include the details.
I was born and raised at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I graduated from Scottsbluff Senior High School after attending St. Agnes Grade School. (Like McCook, we did not have a Catholic high school.) I attended UNL and earned a BS and an MS in civil engineering. I then attended Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I was ordained a priest on May 27, 1989.
My first priestly assignment was three years as an assistant here at St. Patrick Church and School, 1989-92. I have been honored to be the pastor and Chief Administrative Officer here at McCook since 1999. It is amazing to me how fast my time here in McCook has been. I have been ordained 28 years. Twenty-one of those years have been here with all of you. Five of the seven years when I was not assigned to McCook, I was just up the road in North Platte during which time I saw many of you on my days off while hunting in this area with Msgr. Tucker.
My brother Vern and his wife, Mary, live in Huntsville, Alabama. My sister, Rita, and her husband, Roger, live in Scranton, North Dakota. Our challenge is to start some new family traditions regarding when and where we are going to get together as a family without the old home base of mom and dad.
I do appreciate all of your kindness to me and involving me in your family events. I do not get to see my brother and sister and their families as much as I would like to, and being a part of your families is a wonderful spiritual consolation. Your material and especially spiritual welfare are very important to me. The title a man is given when he is ordained a priest is “Father.” You and your children are my responsibility and have a special place in my life. You are my family!
A Catholic school is a great way for a pastor to take care of so many precious lives, and especially their immortal souls.
We are very blessed to have our school to help form strong minds, bodies, and especially their spiritual lives and relationships with Our Lord Jesus.
Thank you for your prayers, support, and friendship these many years in McCook. God bless you all.