Heelan High Gains New Chaplain

Welcome Fr. Travis Crotty
Posted on 08/17/2022

Fr. Travis Crotty is the new Chaplain at Bishop Heelan High School. He will celebrate weekly Mass on Tuesdays and work with campus minister Lexi Ricke on special activities to nurture students' Catholic faith. 
 
A native of Varina, Iowa near Storm Lake, Fr. Crotty graduated from Conception Seminary College in 2015 and attended Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. After he was ordained in 2020, he served as Chaplain at Gehlen Catholic High School and All Saints Parish in Le Mars.
 
As the new Vocation Director for the Diocese of Sioux City, Fr. Crotty also will celebrate Mass on a part-time basis at Briar Cliff University.

He continues to work with previous vocation director Fr. Shane Deman on the podcast "Outcast Catholic," a 20-minute program targeted to young Catholics that features messages on theology and encouragement from the two priests.
 
“We need to go to young people," Fr. Crotty said when the show was introduced two years ago. "By meeting them online, we hope to address some concerns that face young Catholics. I believe we can offer them a better understanding of the church and an invitation to assume their rightful place in their local parish.”  
 
As chaplain at Heelan Fr. Crotty is eager to get connected with students and their families.

“I’m excited to walk in discipleship with the students and staff of Bishop Heelan High School," he said. "While it is difficult to say 'goodbye' to my first home as a priest in Le Mars, I’m eager to get connected in Sioux City.

"If our mission is truly the Gospel, my job is to follow Jesus myself and help those at Heelan to ask important questions and seek to follow The Lord in a personal, daily relationship.”

Fr. Crotty  succeeds Fr. Shane Deman '99 who left this month to serve as Vice-Rector for Formation Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.
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