About Me

My name is Fr. Joe Fessenden, I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Nashville on June 23, 2017. For the moment I am assigned to Saint Rose of Lima parish in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and I do my best to take care of the Catholic students next door at MTSU, too.

If you really want to know how I got here (people always ask this one), you can read my whole vocation story here: Vocaaaaaareeeeeeeeee (in a Dean Martin Voice)

I grew up in Central Florida, the youngest of 5 kids. When I finished high school, I went to culinary school, then studied English and American Literature (with a whole mess of Medieval History and anything else I found interesting at the time) and worked in computers for a while. Suffice it to say, I have done several interesting things – at least to me. If you want to know more, feel free to ask.

In any case, I hope you find this site edifying, encouraging, and sometimes challenging. Please keep praying for me that I can carry out the office that has been entrusted to me. God bless!

9 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hi Joe,
    my name is Tanya Fessenden. I come from a long line of “Joe ” Fessenden’s. My brother, father, grandfather and g grandfather. I wish I knew more. Are all Fessendens related somehow? What do you think?

    1. Hi Tanya –
      As I understand, all Fessendens in this country are related and descendants of one Nicholas Fessenden who came in the 1630s. There was a book called “The Fessenden Family in America” by Edwin Allan Fessenden that tracked the entire lineage of the family from there up to the 1970s. My father has a copy in his library, and I’ve found it fascinating on many occasions.

        1. I spent some time to look before I approved and answered, but I’m sad to report that I can’t find copies still for sale. Apologies.

  2. Greetings from a Fessenden-by-marriage…I know this book…my husband is Ford Fessenden….we have been to Nicholas Fessenden’s graveat Harvard Square (named our youngest son after him) …there is a famous Fessenden…Reginald who was an inventor….invented some type of radio transmitter….the first person to transmit or something…it is interesting…and there is a library named after him at Bowdin College in Maine….one of the Fessendens was a senator from maine..or something like that…i am only married to a fessenden so i am not an expert but i have seen this book…my sister in law has it

    1. Welcome to the family. 🙂 The graves are fascinating to see, and I’m glad you got to – and carry on the namesake.

      If you can, I recommend borrowing the book and reading up on the two you named. You can also find them on Wikipedia. Quite interesting stuff. You are thinking of (for looking up purposes) Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (inventor, related to sonar, radio, and light bulbs, and First transmission of voice and music on the radio). There were two important politicians: Samuel and his son, William Pitt Fessenden.

      As an aside, I’ve been thinking of borrowing my dad’s copy and digitizing it. I need to figure out the copyright information and get permission to do that (and make it public if the estate would let me). I wanted to try to create a database from it a while back. Maybe I still can if I can get support from the whole extended family to get the data in and maintain it. It would be pretty cool.

  3. Hello from Maine! I am married to a Fessenden and we very much enjoy having copies of “The Fessenden Family in America” in our library. Please let us know if you would still like to work on a digital family tree picking up where the books left off – it seems like a really fun project! Best, Abby Fessenden, wife of Matthew D. Fessenden, mom to Jonah T. Fessenden and Owen D. Fessenden.

  4. Did you happen to go to Boswell Elementary in Auburndale/ Lakeland, Florida in the late 1980s? If so, I was one of your classmates.

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