Fr. Mark Brewer
Parochial Vicar (2008-2012)
Being a priest in the Diocese of Rochester for the last 6 years has been a very life-giving and life-changing experience. I have enjoyed meeting so many people and being immersed into the many experiences of their lives - at St. Mary’s in Canandaigua, St. Felix in Clifton Springs, St. Francis in Phelps, and at St. Michael’s in Newark. All have given me glimpses of God’s wonderful and loving presence in our small part of the world here in the Diocese of Rochester. I was born and raised in Hornell, New York, the second of three boys in my family. I graduated from high school in 1982 and then trekked down the road a bit to St. Bonaventure University for college. I love St. Bonaventure and the friends I made there! Go Bonas! I graduated from SBU in 1986, and then went on for a MBA at Hofstra University. I returned to Hornell after getting my Masters to work at St. James Mercy Hospital for 8 years. It was in 1996 that I decided to leave the hospital and begin studies for the priesthood. I studied in Leuven, Belgium at the Catholic University there for 2 years, and then finished my seminary studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I was ordained on June 14, 2003 for the Diocese of Rochester. St. Charles Borromeo is my home now and I’m glad to be part of this community. They are warm and welcoming, loving and vibrant. I came here in September 2008 and feel very much at home. God has been very good to me to bring me to St. Charles and the beautiful people of God here.