Bowden values friendship and mentorship of Father Adam

By Joe Lee

MADISON – While the seminarian journey is lengthy and demands commitment, discernment, and personal growth, the rewards are many. A true highlight for Andrew Bowden, a student at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, was being mentored by Father Nick Adam, director of vocations for the Diocese of Jackson.

“I have been thinking about the priesthood for about as long as I can remember,” Bowden said. “I first got to know Father Nick in 2013 when he was assigned to St. Jude (in Pearl), my home parish, as a seminarian for a summer assignment. I remember working with him on how to be an altar server.

“Then, while Father Nick was in theology at Notre Dame, I was at St. Joseph Seminary College (in St. Benedict, Louisiana). Guys studying for the same diocese are often called ‘diocesan brothers.’ The sense of fraternity among brothers even at different seminaries is desirable. It was always pleasant to visit with guys further along during my first few years of formation.”

The friendship and mentoring from Father Nick deepened once the former St. Richard parish priest moved to his new position earlier this year.
“Father Nick quickly made sure that the seminarians were getting sufficient and equal financial support from parishes and Knights of Columbus councils around the state,” Bowden said. “He updated paperwork in our files. He has shown my diocesan brothers and myself an incredible amount of support and care.

“I had the pleasure of staying in the parish he took up residence in during the summer when he was appointed full-time vocations director. This allowed me to get to know him even better. Toward the end of the summer, I had to quarantine in isolation. Father Nick made a point of regularly coming to check on me and bringing me the Holy Eucharist.”

Bowden, on track to be ordained to the transitional diaconate in spring 2021, will be assigned for several months to a parish of Bishop Joseph Kopacz’s choosing before returning to Notre Dame for his final semester and a half. He will be ordained a priest in spring 2022.

“One of Father Nick’s qualities that I seek to emulate is his reverence and joy in the liturgy,” Bowden said. “Reverence and joy are both appropriate and even necessary but can be difficult to balance. I believe he does this exceptionally well.

Seminarian Andrew Bowden

Floyd Q. Doolittle Memorial Golf Classic

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The Knights of Columbus from Council 9543 at St. Francis of Assisi in Madison will take another big swing at the costs of seminarian education with their annual Floyd Q. Doolittle Memorial Golf Classic. Open to the public, the four-person scramble is set for Saturday, March 28 at Whisper Lake Golf Club and starts at 1 p.m.

            “This is a fundraiser for seminarian education and provides crucial financial assistance for future priests of the Diocese of Jackson, as it costs approximately $37,000 a year to educate one new seminarian,” said Tunney Vandevender, past Grand Knight at Council 9543. “It’s an exciting day of golf, fellowship, and celebration. We’ve raised nearly $70,000 over the last four years.”

“Please consider being a sponsor and/or a participant. There will be silent auctions for a Smart TV from Cowboy Maloney and a set of all-weather tires from Nokian among other prizes. Lunch, dinner, and beverages are included in your registration.”

Register at Or download forms here. Contact Tim Prater at 601-955-1715 or for more information.