I'm a Catholic priest serving as confessor for the seminarians at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver, CO.
Father Bill Breslin was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey, the 4th of 4 sons. He was educated in the parish Catholic grammar school and high school. His mother died when he was 13 and his father finished raising him and his next older brother alone. While in high school, he worked as a janitor in the high school. It was his principal’s way of encouraging him in his clear desire to be a priest. After high school he attended Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, first at the Catonsville and Paca Street campuses for college, and then at the Roland Park campus for theology.
When he was ordained as a deacon, he served at St. John Vianney Parish in Colonia, NJ. Ordained a priest on May 18, 1974 at his home parish of St. James in Red Bank, NJ, he was then assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in South Amboy, NJ where he taught 8th grade religion in the grammar school, and also served as chaplain to St. Mary’s High School.
Between 1972 and 1975 a series of family tragedies occurred, including the 1972 death of his sister-in-law and the 1975 death of his father, less than a year after he was ordained. In 1977 he moved to Colorado with his bishop’s agreement to serve in the Archdiocese of Denver, so he could be closer to his oldest brother and his family.
In Colorado, Father Bill served at St. Mary Magdalene Parish (1977-79) in the Sloan’s Lake area of Denver, while also serving as chaplain of Central Catholic High School in Denver. In 1979 he was appointed to be pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Northglenn and served there until he was appointed as pastor of Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora where he served for 14 years.
In 2001 he was appointed to be pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Boulder. “All of my assignments have been excellent ones,” he says. “And I’ve had the opportunity and honor to live and work with over 40 good priests during the past 39 years.”
In 2013 he retired and became the in-house Confessor for the seminarians at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver, CO.
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