Listen to homilies by
Fr. John Sims Baker
Holy Family Homily 2018
Christmas Homily 2017
Advent 2017 - Week 4
Advent 2017 - Week 3
Advent 2017 - Week 2
Advent 2017 - Week 1
Fr. John Sims Baker joined the staff at Pontifical College Josephinum last fall, where he serves in many capacities, including Acting Vice-Rector of the College, Dean of Community Life, Director of Human Formation and assistant professor.
Fr. Baker completed his own seminary studies at Pontifical College Josephinum 22 years ago. Prior to entering seminary, he graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee and completed his undergraduate studies from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
He has served in a number of parishes and positions for the Diocese of Nashville, including pastor of St. Patrick Church and pastor of St. Mary of Seven Sorrows Church, the oldest church in Nashville. Fr. Baker served from 2006 to 2016 as Catholic Chaplain for Vanderbilt University, where he created (from the ground up) the thriving Catholic campus ministry for colleges in middle Tennessee.
Fr. Baker grew up in the small town of Ashland City Tennessee, where his father was a judge. His Mom, Dad, sister and he were a devout Episcopalian family. His sister was the first to become Catholic, right after college graduation. Shortly thereafter, she entered the convent and became a Dominican sister. Fr. Baker began taking instructions in the Catholic faith prior to the start of Law School. Two short years after his own First Communion, he and his sister were the sponsors for their parents when they joined the Catholic Church in 1988.