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Who am I?

Here I am standing in front of my door at the seminary, trying to imitate the priest on our diocese's vocations poster.

My name is Father Andrew Trapp.  I was ordained a Catholic priest on July 27th, 2007, for the Diocese of Charleston, SC.  After four years of serving as parochial vicar in two wonderful parishes, I am now stationed outside Columbia in my first solo assignment.

I am administrator of two parishes, Transfiguration (Blythewood, SC) and St. Theresa’s (Winnsboro, SC).  I am also serving as chaplain of Cardinal Newman High School down the road in Columbia, and chaplain for the Catholic students at Presbyterian College.

I am from the small town of Aiken, South Carolina. God first touched my heart about the priesthood in fifth grade religion class at St. Mary’s, when we watched a movie about Blessed Damien of Moloki, the “Leper-Priest.” The only thing that ever held me back was the thought of sacrificing marriage and children–I very much wanted to be a husband and a dad! During my freshman year at Clemson University (Go Tigers!), the Lord got through to me and I finally accepted the great vocation to which he was calling me. I was accepted by the Diocese of Charleston and after two years at Clemson transferred to seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where I enjoyed six great years of preparation for the priesthood.

If you would like to read my vocation story in more length (how I heard God’s call to be a priest), you can read it here.

Thank you for your prayers! We priests need all the spiritual ammo we can get, to be holy and zealous servants of God’s people! ~ Father Andrew