About this Website
Hello, and welcome! I am Fr. Jeffrey Moore, a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle, and you have stumbled upon my public website, where I post my homilies, reflections, and other ministerial resources.
Everything on this website is my responsibility alone. While I intend everything to be in accord with Catholic teaching and in obedience to the Archbishop of Seattle, these remain the words of one, individual priest.
Background and Call to Priesthood
I was born outside of Dallas, TX, where I spent my first ten years. After my parents divorced, I move with my mother and sister to Seattle, where my mother was raised and where most of her family still lived. In Texas, we had sporadically attended the Presbyterian church where I was baptized, but after the move we regularly attended Catholic Mass with my grandparents, and I officially joined the Catholic Church a few months later.
I was attracted to the faith from my first exposure. As a child I found the rules and structures comforting during a particularly chaotic period. In high school, the sacraments of the Church gave me the strength I needed to fight the many sinful temptations we face as teenagers, and the intellectual tradition provided the moral framework that allowed me to determine what sort of person I wished to become. By college, my faith was the bedrock of my life, the source of my strength, and was fueling me with a deep purpose and mission.
During my junior year of college, God decided that it was time to talk about vocation, and he got my attention at a young adult retreat hosted by the Archdiocese of Boston. First, he gave me the grace of deep prayer. Then, a month later, in prayer, he challenged me to look at priesthood (since, previously, I had been so convinced it was not for me that I never investigated it). I did, expecting it to be a test of faith that would end with a negative reply, but the more I looked, the more I realized that there was a deeper call that I needed to take seriously. By the summer before my last year of college, I determined that, if I did not follow this call to its ends (either losing the call or getting ordained), I would lack peace because I would always wonder “what if?”. After completing my engineering degree, I became a seminarian, and God only continued to confirm my call, all the way to the point of ordination.
Upon reflection, my attraction to priesthood was a natural extension of my love of the Catholic faith. Secular culture is dangerous, and I have seen it lead to unhappiness for so many. It was my Catholic faith, and my relationship with Jesus Christ, that preserved me from secularism, hedonism, materialism, and their ilk. I believe that God has called me to help others to know Jesus Christ, so that they, too, can know the deep and true happiness that only Jesus can provide.
Despite living in one of the most beautiful places on God’s green Earth, my interests are decidedly un-natural. I love problem solving and games of all sorts, both board games (complicated, German-style) and video games (adventure and world-building). I also find debates and discussions thrilling. If you can provide me a mental challenge, I am probably interested.
Church of the Assumption, Bellingham (July 2019 – present) – Priest Administrator
[A priest administrator is essentially a pastor in everything but name. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, priests cannot be named pastor until they have been ordained for five years.]
Skagit Valley Cluster (July 2017 – June 2019) – Parochial Vicar to Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, La Conner, and Concrete
Lewis County Cluster (Summer 2016) – Summer internship, including Centralia, Chehalis, Toledo, Mossyrock, and Morton
Providence St. Peter’s Hospital (Summer 2015) – CPE
St. Michael, Olympia (Spring 2015) – Seminary pastoral internship
St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma (Summer 2012) – Summer internship
St. Anthony, Renton (2010-2011) – Pastoral Year in preparation for seminary
CYO Camps Gallagher and Hamilton (Summer 2010, Summer 2011) – Challenge course specialist at Camp Gallagher in 2010 and Lodge Leader at Camp Hamilton in 2011
[N.B.: Camp Gallagher is no longer run by the Archdiocese of Seattle.]
Canon Law – [ongoing] St. Paul’s University in Ottawa (Attempting a Licentiate in Canon Law, through online and summer courses. Projected completion in Summer 2023.)
Theology – University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL (Masters in Divinity and Bachelors in Sacred Theology)
Pre-Theology – Mt. Angel Seminary, Mt. Angel, OR
Undergraduate – Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA (Bachelors of Science in Engineering, with a concentration in Computing)
Secondary School – John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, Burien, WA