Trip Chaplain

Fr. Bergman was born in Tennessee and raised as an Episcopalian in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  He studied German and International Affairs at James Madison University, and after graduation in 1991 he was briefly employed by a law firm in London, England. Upon returning to Pennsylvania he worked with mentally handicapped adults, with the urban elderly as a local coordinator for Project CARE, and finally as Youth Director at the Episcopal Cathedral in Bethlehem. In 1994 he began studies at Yale Divinity School, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1997 and was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood the same year. He served as curate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Scranton until 1999, and then as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd until the end of 2004. Perceiving a call to be reconciled to the Catholic Church, in consultation with Bishop Joseph Martino and Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty, Fr. Bergman renounced his Episcopal priesthood and founded the St. Thomas More Society in January 2005, whereby he and half of his former parishioners at Good Shepherd were received into the Catholic Church as an intact congregation, under the care of Msgr. William Feldcamp at St. Clare Catholic Church. Fr. Bergman was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood under the Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul II on April 21, 2007.  In accordance with Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, Fr. Bergman became the first Priest incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in May 2012, concurrently with the St. Thomas More Society’s erection as St. Thomas More Catholic Parish.  As a former Anglican clergyman with special dispensation according to the Pastoral Provision, Fr. Bergman is married; he and his wife, Kristina, are blessed with ten children.

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