We are excited to welcome our new Parochial Vicar, Fr. Matthew Dalrymple. Fr. Matthew comes to us from St. Benedict’s parish in John’s Creek. He has been a priest for four years and has been involved in various ministries. He will be serving our whole community but will have particular responsibilities for our Hispanic ministry.
Below you can see a portion of a write-up done about Fr. Matthew in the Georgia Bulletin when he was ordained.
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Parents: Jack and Sally Dalrymple, of Roswell.
Family: Father Dalrymple’s brother, Andy, and his family live in South Carolina.
Education: Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Dedman Law School at Southern Methodist, where he received a law degree in 2005. He practiced law with private firms and then was an assistant district attorney for Dawson County, Georgia.
Seminary: Mundelein Seminary, IL, and Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy.
Call to priesthood: “While in graduate school, I was expecting to one day have a natural family, and I was working on a law degree, but in prayer, I sensed the Lord was asking for something. A friend and classmate at the time was a consecrated man living celibately for the kingdom of God, and this disarmed me to what celibacy was about. He was a normal guy, just completely dedicated to God. In prayer, I asked the Lord what he wanted with my life, and I got the sense in prayer that the Lord was inviting me to live completely dedicated as his Son did.”