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Pastor Bio


Fr. Stephen V. Hamilton was born on April 2, 1973, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Stephen F. and Michelle Hamilton.  He has one younger brother, John, who lives in Boulder, Colorado.  Fr. Hamilton was baptized at his parents’ home parish in St. Louis, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

After moving to various locations for his dad’s education, Fr. Hamilton’s family came to Oklahoma City in August 1981.  Oklahoma has been home ever since.  Fr. Hamilton’s dad was a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, the Health Sciences Center Campus in Oklahoma City.  His mother works at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School where she is the Administrative Assistant to the Principal.

He grew up at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City and attended its parochial school, Rosary Catholic School.  He attended Bishop McGuinness High School and graduated in 1991.  After studying Political Science for one year at the University of Oklahoma, Fr. Hamilton was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and was sent to St. Meinrad Seminary College, in Indiana, to complete his remaining three years of college.  He graduated magna cum laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.  In 1995 Archbishop Beltran assigned Fr. Hamilton to attend the next level of seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  He completed a Bachelors of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) magna cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1998.  In October 1998, Fr. Hamilton was ordained a deacon in the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City, along with his seminary classmates.  He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran on July 2, 1999, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Oklahoma City.  After being ordained a priest, Fr. Hamilton then completed a License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) summa cum laude with a specialization in Spirituality from the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality Teresianum in 2000.

Within the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Fr. Hamilton has had the following parish assignments:
  • Epiphany of the Lord Church, Oklahoma City, OK - Associate Pastor (July-October 1999)
  • St. John the Baptist Church, Edmond, OK - Associate Pastor (2000-2002)
  • St. Mary Church, Ponca City, OK - Associate Pastor (2002-2003)
  • St. Peter Church & Missions, Guymon, OK - Associate Pastor (2003-2004) & Pastor (2004-2005)
  • Sts. Peter & Paul Church & Mission, Kingfisher, OK - Pastor (2005-2012)
In addition to parish work, Fr. Hamilton has served on the diocesan level in these ways:
  • Vicar Forane: Region IX (2005-2012)
  • Associate Vocation Director (2009-2012)
On June 13, 2012, in addition to becoming Pastor of St. Monica Church, Fr. Hamilton also began as the Vocation Director of the Archdiocese.  As Vocation Director he has responsibility to promote priestly and religious vocations, to recruit seminarians to study for the priesthood, and to oversee the application process for any young man applying to be a seminarian.  

Finally, he currently serves in these additional diocesan capacities:  Assistant Master of Ceremonies for Archdiocesan Liturgies; Defender of the Bond, Second Instance Tribunal; Chairman of the Presbyteral (Priests’) Council; and, Envisioning Leadership Team for the Archdiocese.

“I am delighted to begin my ministry at St. Monica Church and to continue the experience of great joy that is vocations work among the young people of the archdiocese.”  Fr. Hamilton added, “As I meet parishioners at St. Monica, I am looking forward to experiencing the ways we proclaim together the gospel of Jesus Christ as joyful and confident stewards because the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – is in our midst and is the center of our devotion as a parish.”

Fr. Hamilton’s dad and stepmother, Stephen & Pamela Hamilton, live in Edmond.  His mom and stepfather, Michelle & Tom McGannon, live in Oklahoma City.  He has a cat named Benedetto (Italian for Benedict), Benny for short, who was a stray until he hit the jackpot and became the rectory cat.  Fr. Hamilton enjoys reading and outdoor activities such as camping, flyfishing, and some occasional hunting.  He maintains very close ties with his brother priests and seminary classmates, spending time with seminary classmates at least once or twice a year.