Saint Thomas Aquinas is happy to announce that Fr. Nicholas Ashmore will be our new Chaplain! Fr. Ashmore, who serves as the Parochial Vicar for Good Shepherd Parish will officially begin as Chaplain for Aquinas on July 1, 2021. Fr. Ashmore will continue his ministry at Good Shepherd in addition to serving our students, faculty and staff.
Please join us in welcoming Fr. Ashmore to our community of Saints. We’re looking forward to having him here!
From Fr. Nicholas:
I was born in Rochester, NY, as the seventh of nine children. I moved around several times growing up, living in Michigan, Kansas and finishing out my high school years in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from Mars Area High School in Pennsylvania, I am mostly a product of the public school system, but I did attend Catholic school in Olpe, Kansas fourth to sixth grade.
While in high school, I was involved in choir, band, and theatre. During my high school years, I was also very involved in my local Catholic parish, participating in the youth group, serving Mass, and many service opportunities.
Immediately after high school, I attended Conception Seminary College for four years and received a Bachelor’s in philosophy. I then attended Kenrick School of Theology in St. Louis for another four years where I received a Master of Divinity (M.Div), a Master of Arts in Theology (MaTh), and a Baccelaureate in Sacred Theology (STB). My master’s thesis was entitled “Boredom and the Contemporary Preacher.” My parishioners can judge whether I took my own medicine!
I was ordained a Priest in May of 2019 and have been working as the Parochial Vicar for Good Shepherd Parish in Shawnee, Kansas for two years. There, I minister to both the English and the Spanish speaking parishioners. I have also been functioning as the youth minister for the parish for the last year.
My passions/hobbies are mostly academic. I love to read, and am constantly imbibing some new book on philosophy, Thomistic theology, or just good literature. I love language and have a reading and basic speaking capacity in Latin; I am currently taking classes in spoken Latin and am working to have a writing capacity. I am also fluent in Spanish and will be taking French lessons this summer. All that being said, I love a good movie and enjoy getting out with my students and friends to play volleyball, basketball, and especially ultimate frisbee.