Fr. David Hamm was born on August 2, 1948 and hails from Williamsport, PA. After being inspired by a Missionary Servant priest giving a vocation talk at his home parish, Fr. Dave took his first steps toward priesthood by attending Fr. Judge Missionary Seminary, our former minor seminary in Monroe, Virginia. He was fulfilling a dream of becoming a missionary priest that he’d had from his earliest years.
Since his ordination in 1975, Fr. Dave has served as a parish priest in many of our missions in Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. He ventured north in the 1980’s for five years to be our Formation Director in Silver Spring, Maryland, but headed south again where he has remained for many years. Although he arrived in Delisle, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina, Fr. Dave and his parishioners continued to feel the devastating effects of the disaster years later. He was a driving force in rebuilding the church community of the area, which resulted in the combination of three churches into one completely new church.
Currently, Fr. Dave leads our missionary efforts for three churches in southwest Georgia. Although he has served diverse communities in the past, this is his first ministry with Spanish-speaking Catholics. He was very excited to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe Mass and posadas for the first time this past Christmas season. No matter where he is serving, Fr. Dave feels blessed to always have the opportunity to foster a missionary spirit within the laity so that they, too, are empowered to share the Good News with others.