A life of service: Father Brad Hagelin

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Father Brad Hagelin grew up in Seattle’s Our Lady of Fatima Parish and graduated from Seattle Prep in 2002. As a freshman at Gonzaga University, he had a powerful conversion experience, and after graduation he entered seminary for the Archdiocese of Seattle. As vicar for Catholic charities, he works to foster greater effectiveness in the Lord’s mission to the poor, calling on Catholics to be more attentive to the needs of their neighbors and to participate in the corporal works of mercy.

What person or experience most influenced you to answer the call to the priesthood?

The Blessed Mother. She was instrumental in directing my adult conversion at Christmas of 2002, and I was also praying the rosary when the Lord called me to the priesthood.

What do you most enjoy about being a priest?

Preaching, teaching and stewarding the charisms of our parish. According to Vatican II, the primary job of a pastor — other than celebrating the liturgy — is to “foster with diligence the various humble and exalted charisms of the laity.” Charisms are those gifts given to the baptized to uniquely build up the kingdom of God. This includes the charisms listed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4, and by Peter in 1 Peter 4, but is not restricted to those. It is my role to help uncover, discern and test these gifts, and then to call them out and help people employ them so that they can be arranged in harmony to build up the kingdom of God. It is a great joy when people see how the Lord uniquely loves them and equips them.

What gives you hope?

The earnestness and desire of those who want to know the Lord Jesus more deeply, and the courage of those who are willing to step out in faith to serve him and encounter him in everyday life. It gives me joy to see the baptized step into their role and authority in Christ, and be surprised by just how good the Lord is and that he is willing to equip them to do his work.

What does the Called to Serve as Christ campaign mean to you?

It is an opportunity to unite all the very best of past and present ministry in our archdiocese, to honor that good work done in the name of Jesus, and to solidify our foundation (see Matthew 7:25) so that we can allow the Holy Spirit to equip us and guide us into the future.

What does the Called to Serve as Christ campaign mean to you?

It lets me know that the parishioners of the archdiocese are acknowledging the work that women religious have done in the past and are providing support for us to continue this ministry in the future.

About Father Brad Hagelin

Ordained: June 11, 2011

Favorite Scripture verse: Romans 8:31 — “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Hobbies: Skiing, stand up paddle boarding


St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma (2011–13)
St. Luke, Shoreline (2013–present)
Vicar for Catholic charities (2017–present)

The Called to Serve as Christ campaign aims to raise $100 million to strengthen the Archdiocese of Seattle’s priest pension and retirement medical plans, provide support to women religious, and assist key efforts in our parishes. Learn more at CalledToServeAsChrist.org.

Northwest Catholic - October 2019