Father Scott Nobbe:
I felt it best to introduce myself through a third person. The following article was written by my dear mum on the occasion of my ordination: June 24, 2006. She tells it like it was. Enjoy. "Mom, can priests marry?" With that question, Scott Nobbe began his long and varied search, which has led to his calling to serve the Lord as a priest. Scott was 9 or 10 years old when Fr. Joseph Kos (aka: The Smiling Priest) became pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Fortville, IN. Scott became an altar server. He took his duties seriously but it was his friendship with Fr. Joe that began the stirrings in Scott's heart toward considering the priesthood. This friendship continued long after Fr. Joe left St. Thomas. Meanwhile, Scott was your regular active kid with a passion for sports. Soccer was his favorite, but he also wrestled and played tennis. Popular and outgoing, he had his share of friends and a few girlfriends, active in 4-H, and Vice President of his senior class. While still in high school, he was elected and served on the St. Thomas Parish Council. He often spoke of helping others and even considered doing missionary work. Following graduation, he attended Valparaiso University where he played soccer and majored in Sports Management. He joined a fraternity his sophomore year and served in several positions such as: House Chaplain, Vice-President of Membership, Social Director, and President. During this time he developed a passion for playing volleyball which has continued to this day. He graduated in May, 1994. After a year's employment in Chicago for a Sports Marketing firm, Scott enlisted for four years in the army from 1995-99. After basic training at Fort Leonard, MO and Advanced Individualized Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, SC he spent the remainder of his permanent duty at Fort Hood, TX. Discharged from the army, Scott had the opportunity to teach conversational English in South Korea. It was while overseas that he reconnected with Fr. Joe Kos and began to seriously consider a vocation to priesthood. Upon returning to the States in 2000, he applied to become a seminarian for the archdiocese and entered Saint Meinrad Seminary at St. Meinrad, IN January 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. Fortunately, he was not deterred by the answer to his question, "Mom, can priests marry?" By keeping his mind and heart open to the voice of the Holy Spirit, he has come full circle.
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