Area man to become Catholic priest

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Area man to become Catholic priest

Jeffrey Todd Nance is the youngest of three children of Felix and Casey Nance from Hominy, Okla. Next month he will be achieving a lifetime goal of becoming a Catholic Priest.

Even at a young age Todd loved the Church. When he was about four years old he disappeared at church one Sunday. A frantic search finally located him on the back steps of the church visiting with the Bishop.

At the age of 13 he went to his mother at Easter and said “we need to talk.” It was at this point he asked for her blessing and guidance, as he wanted to join the priesthood. As you can guess, mom was touched and honored.

When he was a freshman in high school he planned and coordinated transport of 20+ youth and chaperons from Osage and Washington County to the Diocesan Youth Rally in Tulsa, including renting a charter bus for transportation.

His High School years found him joining St. Bernards Parish in Tulsa, which has a very active youth group.

Todd served on the Diocesan Youth Advisory Board and was chairman his senior year.

All throughout school Todd was very active in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle in 2001. Todd graduated from Hominy Public School in 2004.

Following High School graduation he attended Northern Oklahoma College/OSU for one year prior to going to Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy.

His next four years were spent at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind. where he will graduated in May of 2013 with a Masters in Divinity.

During summers he has been assigned to numerous Parishes within the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Diocese including, Immaculate Conception in Pawhuska, St. Mary’s in Barnsdall and St. Ann in Shidler, as well as several parishes in and around Tulsa.

It is anticipated he will be Ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Tulsa on May 25, 2013 at Holy Family by Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa.