Father David Barton grew up in Louisville, Ky and decided to attend the Legionaries’ high school seminary (apostolic school) in New Hampshire when he was 12 years old. After graduating from high school, he entered the Novitiate in the year 2000 and was sent to Cornwall, Canada where he spent two years learning the habits of religious life and attempting to learn French. In the years following that, he studied liberal arts at the Legionaries college in Cheshire, CT and received his bachelors degree in Philosophy at our Center for Higher Studies in Thornwood, NY.
For his apostolic work, he was sent to California where he helped out in youth work in the southern part of the state for one year and in the Bay Area for three years following that. This youth work included confirmation retreats, surfing camps, father/son Grand Canyon hikes, and working at our local school Canyon Heights Academy. He then returned to Rome to continue in his intellectual formation receiving his licentiate in philosophy and his bachelors degree in Theology.
Fr. David was ordained a priest in Rome on December 13th, 2014. He works in Atlanta, serving the community through youth work and also helping to coordinate the RC missionaries who will be spending a year with our community.