|Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
bcarpenter [at] stmarys.edu
Fr. Brian Carpenter is a Sulpician priest incardinated in the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 with a B.S. in Science-Business. He then worked as a computer consultant in Oak Brook, Illinois. Although he had previously thought about the priesthood, during this time he felt a stronger pull toward priestly ministry. Quitting his job, he did a year of full-time volunteer service with the Vincentian Service Corps in New York City, serving in the largest soup kitchen in Brooklyn.
In 2000 he joined the Congregation of Holy Cross. After a difficult period of discernment, he left the congregation, moved to Arlington, Virginia, and in 2002 took a job working for Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (now Catholic Volunteer Service). During that time, he continued to feel the call to priestly ministry and entered formation for the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He attended Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a priest in 2009.
Fr. Brian has a strong love of the priesthood. His first six years were spent in diocesan parishes, where he served as parochial vicar. During this time he recognized his zeal for being a priest and educator. This led him to his “vocation within a vocation,” which he found in the Society of St. Sulpice. He was accepted as a Sulpician candidate in 2015. As a Sulpician candidate, he spent three years serving as a mentor, spiritual director, and classroom professor at St. Mary’s Seminary & University. In 2018 he was admitted to temporary membership in the Society of St. Sulpice, and in 2019 he returned to Mundelein Seminary for doctoral studies. In 2020, he came back to St. Mary’s Seminary to serve on the formation and academic faculty, where he is currently a mentor and classroom professor while also finishing his dissertation: Implications of René Grirard’s Mimetic Theory Applied to the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) in May 2021.
In his free time, Fr. Brian enjoys being with his family, immediate and extended. He is a rabid fan of Notre Dame athletics. He is also a fan of fiction, especially the universes of Star Wars and Harry Potter, and he enjoys physical fitness and playing soccer.
Selected Courses Taught
- Doctrine of God
Service to the Church
- Parish ministry
- Peace and Justice Committee – Society of St. Sulpice
- Cross Catholic Outreach
- Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples
- René Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
- William Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist
A Favorite Quotation
May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.
– Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood (citing Philippians 1:6)