Fr. John Kirk, a native of Knoxville, TN, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Nashville in 1970. Previously, he served with Father Arnold at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin for four years and then as the Administrator of St. Philip for one year. During that time, Fr. Kirk was traveling to the Spring Hill /Thompson Station area and noticed the growth that was taking place. He headed up a RE-MEMBER-ING campaign which included a survey for those in this area. When the surveys were returned there were over 400 responses that asked for a parish in the Spring Hill/Thompson Station community. That information was taken to Bishop David Choby and in June 2008, he assigned Father Kirk the task of creating a new parish to serve the Catholic community of Spring Hill and Thompson's Station.