|Fr. Dave's Bio...
Fr. David J. Young was ordained a priest in June of 2004, for the Diocese of Columbus, by Bishop James A. Griffin. He grew up on the north-
east side of Columbus, attending St. Matthias grade school, and St. Francis DeSales high school. After graduating from DeSales in 1996,
he entered The Ohio State University, pursuing a degree in “something fun.”
It was during this 1st year in college that Fr. Dave finally began to consider a vocation to the priesthood honestly. With the help of his pastor,
and the example and guidance of a kind Jesuit priest, he was accepted by the diocese as a seminarian, and began studies at the Pontifical
College Josephinum in 1997. After two years in the college seminary, he withdrew and returned to Ohio State, in order to reconcile any
doubts he had about his vocation, and the discipline of celibacy. After much prayer, discernment and spiritual direction, he returned to the
seminary program, and graduated from the Josephinum in 2000, with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
Fr. Dave then continued his priestly studies at St. Vincent Seminary, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, under the tutelage of both Benedictine monks
and diocesan priests, alike. It was here that Fr. Dave feels he finally embraced his vocation, and realized the importance of a faith balanced
not only on theological studies, but on friendship and prayer, as well. Having spent four years at St. Vincent’s, he graduated in the Spring of
2004, with a master’s degree in Divinity, and returned to Columbus to begin his ministry (and to finally be able to watch the Buckeyes play
His first parish assignment was as Associate Pastor at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio. He was blessed to spend one
and a half years there (July 2004 – March 2006), in the company of the pastor, Msgr. David Funk, and many wonderful parishioners, staff
and students. In March of 2006, Bishop Frederick F. Campbell appointed him pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ada, Ohio
(Home to Ohio Northern University and the Wilson Football Factory!). In the short time he has been in Ada, Fr. Dave has come to really enjoy
life in a small town, and feels honored and blessed to have been assigned there.
Fr. Dave’s parents live in Lewis Center, where they have recently retired, and found new and creative ways to squeeze onto his calendar. He
also has two younger sisters who remain his very close friends. One is a cardiac nurse, and the other is finishing her degree in business.
Both have made it their solemn duty to make him humble and keep him laughing.
In his spare time, Fr. Dave enjoys reading, listening to music, hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, and taking care of his dog, Bear.
Favorite Saints :
St. Therese of Lisieux & Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos
The Life and Times of Fr. Dave...