Getting to Know... Rev. John Bruce Bateman Jr.

Darryl Wheeler/Gettysburg TimesBateman

Age: 48

Lives: Gettysburg

From: Baltimore

Educated at: Camp Hill Schools, Temple University (BS in Therapeutic Recreation & minor in Gerontology), The Pontifical College Josephinum (MDiv in Theology and M.A. in Morality)

Family: The people of St. Francis Xavier Parish. Oh, and my mom, Bobbie, and her husband Jim; brother Chuck and wife Angela

Job: Roman Catholic Priest, Pastor Saint Francis Xavier; Chaplain, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pa. Air National Guard

Job's reward: Being able to connect with and assist people as we together grow in holiness.

What I hate about my job: Really, nothing; except when people yell at me - but none of us likes that.

Very first job was: Gino's and a paper route

Favorite food: Dessert made with chocolate - but no nuts

Pets: None

Hero: Saint Paul because of his conversion to Christ. He is my hero because he changed his life and preached the Gospel as God calls me to do.

Hobbies: Skiing, singing, playing clarinet, riding motorcycle

Pet peeves: People who don't know how to drive through the circle.

You collect: Nothing.

Best friend: Fr. Brian Doerr, vice rector at Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Would like to have witnessed what event in history? The coronation of Charlemagne by Pope Leo III in 800.

Event that changed your life: Traveling to Germany in 10th grade - and being left behind at Dachau concentration camp. I had to find my own way back to the group in Munich.

Your scariest moment: Low-speed head-on collision.

Your first memory: The electric teapot clock in our kitchen when I was 3 years old.

Trait inherited from parents: Musical ability

Piece of advice that you live by: "No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear." Ephesian 4:29

Favorite spot on earth: Heinz Chapel, University of Pittsburgh

Website you visit most: Google

Would like concert tickets to see: "La boh me" at the Metropolitan Opera.

One bad habit: Reacting without thinking first

3 items on your bucket list: The Galapagos Islands, Meet the Pope, Antarctica

Five minutes with: Jesus

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? Playing the piano

What would people find surprising about you? That I'm really just a regular guy

What would make this world a better place? If we thought of others more than ourselves.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? That our parish is living a "Year of the Family" to strengthen the families of our parish, our parish family, and the families of our society.

How would you like to be remembered? A Catholic gentleman who brought Christ to others.

- By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor

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