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Born here in Tulsa, Fr. Bradley grew up on the north side of town, close to Reservoir Hill. He is the third in a family of 7 children and attended Immaculate Conception Church where he graduated from grade school, then moved to midtown and transferred to Christ the King Parish. He is a 1967 graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and after high school attended the University of Tulsa, receiving a business degree.
Following graduation from college, he entered the Air Force and served for four years (thank you for your service). People often ask if he flew, and he responds with, “rather than spending time in the sky, I actually served my time below ground, as a member of a missile launch crew at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ”. After leaving the Air Force in 1976, Fr. Bradley returned to Tulsa to Christ the King Parish. Fr. Tom Hildebrand, Associate Pastor at that time, became a mentor and encouraged his decision to begin his seminary journey.
He began his seminary studies in the Fall of 1976 at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and after one year of Philosophy, was sent to the American College Seminary in Louvain, Belgium for theological training. “I like to say that I joined the Air Force to see the world and got stuck in a hole in the ground; so, I entered the seminary and saw the world - or at least more of it”. After four years of theology school, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa in August of 1981. His first assignment was as Associate Pastor here at St. Pius X Parish! He was blessed with the pastoral guidance of Fr. Harry Bartnik for one year and then Fr. Dennis Dorney for two years, before the transfer to return “home” and serve as pastor at Immaculate Conception Church. In between his first assignment to St. Pius X in 1981 and the present assignment, he has served in seven other parishes in the Diocese of Tulsa, some of them including mission parishes. “Growing up, all I knew was Tulsa; as a priest, I've become much better acquainted with rural life, as well as the Church in the rural parts of eastern Oklahoma; it's all been a blessing.”
Now that he is back at St. Pius X, he can't help but imagine that he will likely conclude his active priestly ministry in the same parish where it all began, regarding this as a special gift from God and the grace to come back home to such a wonderful parish. On his first weekend at St. Pius X, someone commented that it seems like a spiritual version of "what goes around comes around."
Fr. Bradley played a fair amount of basketball in the brand-new gym during his first assignment at St. Pius X, but this time around will hang up his basketball shoes and enjoy walking around the neighborhood for some exercise. He also enjoys playing the guitar and singing with others, and occasionally for the entertainment of others. “I am excited about this time of serving, and serving with, the People of God at St. Pius X Parish. All things in Christ!”