From the Pastor
Thanks for visiting our parish website! IHM is a great parish, and I’m proud to be pastor here. Why is IHM a great place to be? Because she’s made up of great people: people with faith in the Triune Godhead and in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, people who are willing to sacrifice in order to show others love, people who desire to grow in holiness. If you’re new or visiting, I hope you’ll check out the tabs above to learn more about how to become Catholic or how to get more involved in parish ministries and missions. My background:
I’m the son of Bob and Debbie Rottman and grew up in Cold Spring, KY in the same house my parents still live in today. Dad taught drafting for over 25 years at the Campbell County vocational school. Mom stayed at home and raised us. I have one sister, Rachel, who is a plumber, a third-degree black belt, and spent two years in Japan (she’s the exciting one in the family).
I went to St. Mary Elementary in Alexandria until 5th Grade. After that, Mom homeschooled us the rest of the way through high school. St. Joseph in Cold Spring is my home parish. I owe my religious formation to my parents, but my discernment to the priesthood began when I got involved with Celebration! Retreat, a diocesan youth retreat. After a year at NKU, I transferred to Ave Maria College (when it was still in Michigan—I’ve never been to the Florida campus). There I got my degree in Literature with a minor in Philosophy. After graduation I entered seminary with Bishop Foys’ approval at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH. There I eventually got an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, as well as a Masters in Divinity. After being ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in 2011, I spent one year as Parochial Vicar at Mary Queen of Heaven in Erlanger before being sent here to IHM. I’m still really at the very beginning of my life as a priest, but I am very glad to be here, serving our wonderful community and being Christ to you, even as you are so often Christ to me. My hobbies are reading—especially fantasy and science fiction— watching anime, watching good movies (by which I basically mean old movies), racquetball, and the typological interpretation of Scripture.
Below you’ll find various informational articles that I like to write in my spare time. There’s also a link to my YouTube channel. You can also take *this link* to audio files of my Sunday homilies elsewhere on this website. If you’re interested in my philosophy for success in life, especially the Christian life, I’d probably sum it up with this famous axiom from St. Augustine: credo ut intelligam, meaning “I believe that I may understand.” There are so many important things to do to be a good Catholic, such as: Read the Bible—and for Heaven sake, start with the Gospels, not Genesis or Revelation! Study the Catechism, and if the universal Catechism of the Catholic Church or the U.S. Catechism for Adults is too boring for you, use something simple like the Compendium of the Catechism or the Baltimore Catechism (still good, if a little dated). PRAY—every day, all the time; but remember, if you’re not setting aside at least 15 minutes to a half an hour a day to meditate on the faith and try to be silent and listen to the Lord, then you’re probably not going to be able to identify the Lord’s Voice when He speaks to you (cf. 1 Samuel 3). Receive the Sacraments, especially Confession and the Holy Eucharist. Get involved in works of mercy, charity, social action—remember that God made you for Heaven, but He also made you to do things along the way, and “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40). And finally, get involved here in your parish family since, in those immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” That’s a lot of advice, eh? But that’s because the Catholic faith is not just a religion (in the limited sense of that word) but a way of life. This is why we first must believe, have faith. Credo ut intelligam. When I believe, when I make that act of faith in Jesus Christ and follow after Him each day, then the rest of life ties together, becomes integrated, makes sense, and ultimately becomes doable. In this way, even when things are most difficult, we can say with the certainty of faith, “I understand, Lord.” And then, paradoxically, our understanding in turn strengthens our faith. Now that’s Catholicism!
Fr. Nick Rottman