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 30 years. Twenty-three 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.

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