Father Regan was born and raised in Maryland, as the oldest of five children. Born on March 18th, he was baptized at his lifetime parish, Sacred Heart in Bowie. He grew up in a tight-knit Catholic community that lived out its faith with fullness and joy and shaped his own personal faith. In particular, he fondly recalls his parents’ relationships with friends, the joyful presence of their parish priest, and attending Camp Maria each summer.
At the University of Maryland, inspired by the beauty of places, he pursued his Bachelor in Science in Architecture. In this discipline, he appreciated the importance of building upon foundational principles to create new structures - a philosophy and art which would resonate in his future vocation. Towards the end of college, he participated in the Catholic Student Center activities and sang and played guitar in a rock band. During these years, he felt a tug on his heart drawing him towards the priesthood. At a decisive point on his faith journey, he traveled to Ireland with his family and their parish priest, who gave joyful witness to the priesthood. There, he felt an openness to responding to God’s plan.
He began his seminary studies in New Jersey, and made his way to Rome where resided for five years at the Pontifical North American College. While in Rome, he received his Bachelor (STB) and License in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Angelicum and Gregorian University, respectively. He also gave tours and served college students in ministry at the American University in Rome. The dynamic setting of the colleges in Rome gave him a glimpse of the vitality of universal Church and helped inform his faith. He also appreciated Italian culture’s tie to the faith and its emphasis on family and personal relationships, which were full of warmth and welcome.
He was ordained into the diaconate on October 4, 2007 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. On another joyful day, June 14, 2008, he was ordained into the priesthood at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He then served at St. Mary’s in Landover Hills as Parochial Vicar through August of 2008. Reflecting gratefully on his path, Father Regan noted, “I think God’s plan for me has always been greater than my plan for myself.” Father Kevin Regan has lived out this joy as a Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew’s Cathedral since July 2009.
At present, Father Regan is the Cathedral Master of Ceremonies, Liaison to the Liturgy Committee, Baptismal Coordinator and assists the Young Adults with their ministry. Through his witness and guidance, Father Regan hopes to build up the parish community, help individuals find their home here at St. Matthew’s, and help people discover their love for Christ.