Fr. Bradshaw's Bio
Originally baptized Lutheran, Fr. Ben became Catholic at a
young age and attended Catholic schools in Memphis growing
Fr. Ben has two other priests in his family in addition to
He always loved to cook and always considered being a
professional chef or a Catholic priest, and so he became
At age 17 he began working for a French chef in Memphis and
continued working in kitchens until age 20, at which point
he entered Johnson & Wales University culinary arts program
in Charleston, SC. There he earned an Associate’s degree in
After graduating he went to Russia and lived and worked
there as a missionary with a religious community. It was in
Russia working in a small village called Gagarina, where he
began to consider more prayerfully a call to be a missionary
priest. Since then he has spent time visiting and working in
Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, Russia, and Eastern and Western
After returning to Memphis he worked as a pastry chef for 5
years and went to Paris, France to attend the L’Ecôle
Lenôtre school of Pastry Arts, where he studied chocolate
and pulled sugar artistry. During his time in France he
often attended mass at rural French churches, considering
more frequently the call to be a missionary priest.
After returning to the United States he attended The New
England Culinary Institute in Vermont, where he earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Management.
After graduating from NECI, Fr. Ben began considering an
option he had not yet considered prior: Diocesan Priesthood.
After much prayerful discernment, Fr. Ben finally entered
the seminary at the age of 27 and was ordained a priest for
the Diocese of Memphis in June of 2006.
He wrote his Master's thesis on Pope Saint John Paul II's
understanding of femininity and womanhood as it relates to
writings of St. Edith Stein.
Fr. Ben holds a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from
the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on
Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. He also holds
Masters of Arts and a Masters of Divinity in Sacred
Theology. His Licentiate dissertation focused on the
response of the Catholic Church to the issue of Same-Sex
attraction. Since 2005 he has done continuing education
studies at The Theology of the Body Institute in
Fr. Ben spent four years serving as chaplain at Bishop Byrne
High School in Memphis, four years as associate pastor of
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and two years as associate
pastor at the Church of the Incarnation in Collierville. He
currently serves as pastor at Resurrection Catholic Church
in Memphis, TN.