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St. Andrew Catholic Church

Sparta, Tennessee
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Fr. Kevin Dowling
Fr. Kevin was assigned "Pastor" of St. Andrew Parish effective August 1, 2015.
Biographical Data: Reverend Joseph Kevin Dowling
Parents:  Joseph and Angela Dowling
Place of Birth:  Savannah, Georgia on December 9, 1952
Education:  Sacred Heart School and Blessed Sacrament School, Savannah, Georgia;
   Our Lady of the Rosary School, Cincinnati, Ohio; St. Jude School, Chattanooga;
   Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga
   University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
   Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts
   Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, New York
Ordination:  September 5, 1980 in St. Jude Church, Chattanooga by Bishop James D. Niedergeses
Assignments:  5/1980 Appointed Advocate in the Tribunal; Associate Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Nashville
  8/1981 Associate Pastor, St. Edward Parish, Nashville; Continues in the Tribunal
  5/1983 Chaplain in the Tennessee Air National Guard
  6/16/1984 Associate Pastor, St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish; Continues in the Tribunal and Air National Guard
  8/28/1984 Pastor, St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Lebanon
  6/1/1985 Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Lafayette; Continues as Pastor at St. Frances Cabrini
  7/15/1988 Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Loretto; Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph
  8/20/1990 Released for temporary active duty in the Tennessee
  Air National Guard for service in Saudi Arabia
  Returned as Pastor to Sacred Heart, Loretto
  7/15/1992 Chaplain for the Dominican Campus, Nashville
  9/21/1992 Appointed Spiritual Advisor, Cursillo Movement
  3/2/1994 Temporary Administrator, St. Patrick Parish, McEwen and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tennessee Ridge
  7/1/1994 Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, McEwen and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tennessee Ridge (relieved of Cursillo assignment)
  7/1/1997 - 7/31/2015
                Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Hohenwald; Christ the Redeemer, Centerville; and St. Cecilia, Waynesboro;
                Air Force Reserve chaplain at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi;
                Moderator for the DCCW- the Nashville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women;
                Prison Ministry at Turney Center in Only, TN and at both South Central and Correction Corporation of America in
                Clifton, TN;
                Ministers at three hospitals and four nursing homes in the Hohenwald Missions.
  8/1/2015 Pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Sparta, TN


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