Staff Member: Reverend John Sterling
Reverend John Sterling
Fr. Sterling, the pastor of St. Barbara Church, grew up locally in a family of seven children. After studying Aviation Administration at Northern Kentucky University and working in this field for 13 years with Delta Airlines, Father followed his call to the priesthood. He studied at both St. Pius X Seminary and St. Mary of the West Seminary before being ordained in 1996. He served the Diocese of Covington first as Parochial Vicar at St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright, and then St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs. Following these parish assignments, he was the Vocation Director for the Diocese for eight years, as well as the campus chaplain at Covington Catholic High School. Next came his role as secretary to the Bishop before returning to parish life at St. Edward Parish, Cynthiana and St. Joseph Church, Cold Spring. Finally, in 2007 Fr. Sterling was assigned to St. Barbara Church as the pastoral administrator for one year before becoming its pastor one year later. Under Fr. Sterling's leadership, the parish has tripled its membership numbers and expanded its worship space with the building of a much larger church for its growing population. The recently completed parish hall will better accommodate the parish's large C.C.D. program and various parish social events. So much progress has been possible mainly through Fr. Sterling's constant reminder, "Envision it with faith, and it will become a reality."