Welcome our New Associate Pastor
Fr. Nick was born and raised in Greendale, Wisconsin. The second youngest of seven kids, Fr. Nick thought about being a priest from a very young age.
When asked by an elementary school teacher which four things he wanted to be when he grew up, he promptly replied: “Priest, Bishop, Cardinal, Pope.”
After attending St. Alphonsus Grade School in Greendale, he went on to Pius XI High School and eventually to University of Wisconsin-Madison for college. At Madison he studied chemical engineering.
While at Madison he also grew in his faith through his involvement at the St. Paul University Catholic Center. After his sophomore year in college, he spent a summer on staff at Catholic Youth Expeditions (CYE) in Door County. This time on CYE staff was incredibly influential in his eventual decision to enter seminary after his junior year at Madison.
Transferring to St. Joseph College Seminary on the campus of Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Nick later graduated with a degree in philosophy. He subsequently began his theology studies, the final stage of his seminary formation, at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis, Wisconsin.
Fr. Nick is thrilled about being assigned to St. Charles. He spent six weeks at St. Charles during the summer after his first year in college seminary, and he has nothing but fond memories of his time at the parish.
Fr. Nick is known for his long-distance running and for being a bit of a coffee snob. He also enjoys reading, both fiction and non-fiction. If he had to pick a favorite author it would probably be C.S. Lewis.
More importantly, he has a great love for Jesus Christ and His Church, and has a strong devotion to St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Faustina, and the Blessed Mother.
As a concluding note and clarification, Fr. Nick is more than content to be a parish priest, and has no interest in ever becoming Bishop, Cardinal, or Pope. If he ever got “the call,” he would probably reply, “I’m sorry, you’ve got the wrong Fr. Baumgardner. Here’s Fr. John’s number … .” (Fr. John is Fr. Nick’s older brother and Associate Pastor at Three Holy Women, SS Peter & Paul, Our Lady of Divine Providence and Old St. Mary Parishes.)