Fr. Sergius Propst, OP
BS in Biology, University of South Carolina; BA in Philosophy, Saint Albert's College; MDiv, Saint Albert's College; STL, Pontificia Universita San Tommaso; STD, Pontificia Universita San Tommaso.
Fr. Serge Propst was born on January 4, 1942 in Aiken, South Carolina. Fr. Propst’s parents and family were devout Southern Baptists. It was this evangelical Protestant culture that first nourished the religious faith of the developing young man with a deep love of and devotion to Sacred Scripture, a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior and the efficacy and necessity of preaching the Word. It was while he was at the University of South Carolina that he experienced a major conversion which led to his acceptance of the Catholic Church as the authentic and full Church which Jesus Christ had established. After his conversion to Catholicism, Serge joined the US Navy where he served four years as an electronics technician during the Vietnam conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Serge entered the Dominican Novitiate and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973.
In 1991, Fr. Serge experienced two fundamental changes in his life. First, he was sent to work with the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Mother Theresa of Calcutta. His first assignment with the Missionaries of Charity was in Albania as the old Communist regime crumbled, allowing Catholic clergy into the country. He was then sent to Moscow just after the aborted coup attempt against president Yeltzin. Since 1991, Fr. Serge has been giving retreats, seminars and courses to the Missionaries of Charity in India, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Second, Fr. Serge went back to school at the Dominican university in Rome, Italy known as the Angelicum, where he received his doctorate in Theology. For more than 15 years, he lectured on moral theology, spirituality and homiletics at the Angelicum. He has now retired from the Angelicum and lectures on homiletics at DSPT during the fall semester and spends the other half of the year wandering the face of the globe as an itinerate friar preaching the Word of God to all who will listen.