Fr Jerry Bell

Fr. Jerry Bell is a native of Louisville and grew up in St. Brigid Church in the Highlands. He attended Trinity High School and Bellarmine College. He went to St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md. where he received his Masters of Divinity. He taught religion and led retreats at St. Xavier High School. He was ordained a priest in 1973 and was appointed Director of Youth and Young Ministry, and Associate Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, primarily doing retreats (1973 – 1978). He served at St. Rita as Associate Pastor (1978 – 1980). He served as Pastor at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Albany, Ky. and Holy Cross in Burkesville (1980 – 1986). St. Aloysius, St. Benedict, and St. Claire in Bullitt and Hardin Counties (1996 – 2002). St. Augustine and Holy Name of Mary in Lebanon, Ky (2002 – 2012). Father Jerry has recently ‘retired’ or being ‘recently engaged’ as Priest-in-residence at St. Luke and St. Rita, after an immersion experience in Guadalejara, Mexico. He has served in the World Wide Marriage Encounter, St. Meinrad Seminary’s Institute for Priests Programs for newly ordained priests, and numerous Archdiocesan councils, commissions, and consultative bodies.