Father Bernard Carman was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. Since then, he has served as a Pastor, Rector, Chaplain, and more at numerous churches and schools in New York, New Jersey, and Rome. In September 2015, he was transferred to serve as Rector of the Community at St. Jude Shrine and Pastor of St. Leo’s Parish.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Philosophy Studies from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), a Bachelor’s and Licentiate in Theology from The Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), and a Master’s in Pastoral Theology, Religious Formation from Aquinas Institute (St. Louis, MO).Father Bernie can communicate, celebrate Mass and Sacraments, and preach in English, Italian, Spanish, German, and American Sign Language. He can read and understand Portuguese and French. He has served as a simultaneous translator at meetings and Assemblies of the Pallottine Community and the General Secretaries in Rome.
As long as he can remember he has liked trains. He has built a couple of model railroads, starting at home, and then wherever there was space and a little time.About just as long he has had a great interest in real science and science fiction. He saw the first episode of Star Trek in 1966 and has followed the five TV series and ten movies ever since. He is a member in good standing of the “Star Trek Italian Club”, the national Star Trek Club in Italy. He is one of the fans interviewed in the movie “Trekkies 2" by Paramount Pictures (2004).
Related to this, because it is a scientific interest, is his fascination with entomology (the study of insects), especially myrmecology (the study of ants). He usually has a couple of ant farms in his room with active colonies in them.