Meet the new priests

Source: St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

We have provided short biographies of our newly ordained priests.


Fr. Andrew Dwyer, the youngest of six children, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he spent his entire life before entering the seminary. For many years there was no traditional Mass on Sundays, but eventually he would serve at the altar almost every day for thirteen years. Fr. Dwyer’s ordination card shows the Mater Dolorosa of Ernesto Murillo.




Fr. Paul-Isaac Franks grew up in Nottingham, England. He attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Manchester University. It was during the work for his master’s degree that he began attending Mass at a chapel of the SSPX. On his ordination card is a 15th century alabaster panel depicting the crucifixion of Our Lord.




Fr. Brandon Haenny, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, grew up in Highland, Indiana. In 2005 he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. The example of a few good priests encountered in his youth led Fr. Haenny to the seminary. His ordination card pictures the annunciation, with a quotation from the gospel of St. Luke (i, 38): Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.




Fr. Reid Hennick grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon discovering tradition he began attending Mass at the SSPX’s chapel in Mukwonago. There he experienced the good friendship and encouragement which are so propitious for a vocation. Fr. Hennick’s ordination card shows a Florentine statue of St. Thomas putting his finger in the pierced side of Christ.




Fr. Patrick Kimball grew up in a large traditional family, attending the Blessed Virgin Mary Academy (SSPX) in Syracuse, New York. He spent the last three years of high school at Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy (SSPX). Father has both a brother and an uncle who are priests of the Society of St. Pius X. His ordination card bears an image of the Immaculate Heart depicted in the Beuronese style. The inscription on the back reads Spes nostra, “Our hope.”




Fr. Francis Palmquist was born in New Jersey but grew up in Belmont, North Carolina. He was homeschooled and attended for two years St. Mary’s College (SSPX) before entering the seminary. On the back of his ordination card one reads, “I thirst.” On the front are written the last words of the canon of the Mass: Per Ipsum, cum Ipso, in Ipso, Omnis Honor et Gloria.




Fr. James Trummer grew up in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks region of New York, as the second of four children. He attended St. Therese’s Academy (SSPX) in Nicholville as well as Phillips Exeter Academy. Later he went to Hamilton College and Columbia University, taking a degree in mathematics and civil engineering. His ordination card shows the Holy Face from the Shroud of Turin, with the words of the Mass, “Through Him and with Him and in Him.”