Staff Member: Father Gary Brethour
Father Gary Brethour
Pastor and Superintendent
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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 31 years. Twenty four 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 father and mother have both died. Please continue to pray for the happy repose of the soul of my mother and father and all of our faithfully departed. As a good friend told me after my mother died, “She has been preparing for and waiting for this day all her life.” Great point. It very important to keep in focus the purpose in our life. It helps bring in to focus why we have St. Patrick School. To teach, form and prepare our students with this goal in mind…. Heaven.
My brother Vern and his wife, Mary, live in Huntsville, Alabama. My sister, Rita, and her husband, Roger, live in Scranton, North Dakota. The exciting family news during the summer was my niece Annie had a baby boy. He is Vern and Mary’s first grandchild. Annie and her husband and baby are all doing well.
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.