Fr. Derek Lappe
Standing in the Gap
Are you a single young adult? Do you ever wonder what a primary vocation is and what that means for a person who is in single life? Is our purpose in life lived out through our friendships, ministry or career? Where are the checks and balances of ensuring that we live the single life intentionally instead of feeling like it is “vocational purgatory”? If you have questions about the single life, whether it is feeling frustrated that you are always in transition, or wondering about single life as a deliberate choice, come and hear Fr. Lappe uncover the meaning of single life and how God may be working in your life during this time of preparation.
Father Derek Lappe has been the pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea in beautiful Bremerton since July 1, 2008. Born in 1972, the second of five children, Father Lappe spent most of his youth in Longview, Washington and attended St. Rose de Viterbo parish. He discovered his vocation to the priesthood when he was a sophomore in high school. Through prayer and study, his love for Christ and the Church grew and helped him to say yes to God’s plan for his life.
After high school, Father Lappe attended community college for a couple of years before being accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle and entered Mount Angel Seminary. In 1996, Archbishop Murphy sent him to Rome to study at the Pontifical North American College. On June 10, 2000, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Alexander Brunett. After his ordination, Father Lappe served as an associate pastor in Grays Harbor for one year, at St. Charles in Tacoma for one year, as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas in Camas for six years, and is now in his fourth year at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
He loves his life as a priest and the people whom he serves, which is evident in the manner in which he opens the scriptures and teaches his flock the Truth of Christianity. He also has a great appreciation for the beauty of Sacred Liturgy, Music, and Art.