(Editor’s Note: Following is the next installment of the Herald’s monthly series profiling a priest or deacon who is serving in our diocese. This issue, we feature Father Brad Noonan, who was recently named pastor of Our Lady of the Pines Parish in the Black Forest section of Colorado Springs.
Father Brad Noonan was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Elmhurst, Queens.
When he was in fifth grade, his family moved to Hallandale, Florida. He graduated from Chaminade High School in Hollywood, Florida, and from Biscayne College in Miami.
Father Brad worked for Coca-Cola Company in bottle production to pay for college. He also worked for Little General and Circle K Convenience Stores in store operations and human resource management, and also for Tri-County TEC helping people with disabilities find and maintain jobs. He also worked as a hospice chaplain.
Father Brad was in formation with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Oblate College with a Master of Divinity. Bishop Richard Hanifen invited him to come to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, and he has been here for 23 years. He was a seminarian/candidate for ordination to the priesthood at Holy Trinity Parish and Holy Apostles Parish. On Aug. 15, 1999, he was ordained as a transitional deacon by Bishop Hanifen, followed by ordination to the priesthood on Dec. 18, 1999. While his father, Don, and mother, Ruth, were present for his priestly ordination, they have both since passed away. His older sister Gail recently passed away from cancer and his sister Ruth Ann lives in Florida.
Father Brad’s first assignment was at Holy Apostles Parish as parochial vicar. He has served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish for seven years and as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Castle Rock for 12 years. On July 1, 2020, he was named pastor of Our Lady of the Pines Parish.
Father Brad is a certified chaplain and has completed over 2,000 hours of chaplaincy training. Throughout his diaconate and priesthood, Father Brad has served as a fire department chaplain. He has been privileged to volunteer with the Colorado Springs Fire Department as well as the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, the Denver Fire Department, the Elizabeth Fire Department, Black Forest Fire and the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control. He also serves as one of the chaplains for the Parker Police Department.
In addition, Father Brad is a past State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.
Father Brad enjoys time off at his cabin with his dogs, Simi and Dulcimer. He enjoys walks along the beach, jogging and working with others on his 1967 Ford Mustang and his 1951 Mack Firetruck. The 1967 Mustang was completely restored by the Colorado Springs firefighters in appreciation for his service.
One aspect of the priesthood that Father Brad loves is the availability to respond to and serve his parishioners and firefighters, law enforcement officers and their families at a moment’s notice. He considers it an honor and privilege being able to accompany them in the good times, bad times and in-between times. For his service he was awarded the Medal of distinguished service by the CSFD.
Another aspect of the priesthood that Father Brad loves is the fraternal bond that exists between priests. He is blessed to have such great brother priests. He feels blessed to have worked for Bishop Hanifen and Bishop Sheridan.
For those men who are discerning the priesthood, Father Brad offered the following guidance:
“Do not be afraid to follow Jesus Christ. He will put you in the right place at the right time. In my priesthood, I have been in many places that I never expected to be. I love how the Lord places me in such remarkable places. It is a honor to serve.”
(Those who feel that they might be called to a vocation as a priest or permanent deacon can contact Father Kyle Ingels at email@example.com or Deacon Chris Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)