Staff Member: Fr. Scott Padrnos
Fr. Scott Padrnos
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Hello! My name is Fr. Scott Padrnos, and I’m the new associate pastor here at St. Francis, All Saints, and St. Thomas of the Pines. I grew up on the edge of Brainerd and Nisswa, down St. Colombo Rd. My parents, Dan and Sue, own and operate a small resort on Gull Lake, and I grew up working there with the family. It was a huge blessing to work with my hands. I am the middle of five kids, with two older brothers (Tony and Christopher) and a younger sister (Gina) and a younger brother (Aaron). After graduating from Brainerd High School in 2008, I went to St. John’s in Collegeville for undergrad. I graduated with a bachelors degree in mathematics, and returned to the resort in 2012. After a brief stint at Aerotek as a recruiter for businesses in the St. Cloud area, I came back home with plans on remaining at the resort. However, the Lord had other plans. After an encounter with the living God, the desire to become His priest continued to grow. A few months later I started the application process for seminary. As they say, the rest is history. I was ordained this past June 24 at the Cathedral in Duluth, and this is my first assignment as a priest. I have a deep love for the Brainerd area, and I am so grateful to be in a place with so many hearts burning with love for Christ. I enjoy hunting and fishing, and having wrestled through college, I enjoy going and losing my voice yelling at wrestling meets. One of my biggest desires for my time here in Brainerd is that people encounter the transformative love of Christ, and come to see the unfathomable joy and freedom He longs to pour into our hearts. He has completely changed my life in the most incredible ways, and I know He is just getting started. As Monsignor Charles Pope from Washington D.C. says, “I’m not what I want to be, but I’m not what I used to be.” I know this time in Brainerd will present me with many learning experiences and unbelievable opportunities. I ask you for your patience with me as I begin entering into ministry, and please come and introduce yourself to me! I would love to get to know each and every one of you. Oh, and please don’t be offended if I ask you for your name over and over again…There’s a lot of you, and it will take some time for the names to sink in. May God bless you all, and please keep me and all priests in your prayers. —P.S. ask me about my favorite dinosaur!