About Us

Fr. Michael O’Bryan

Fr. Michael is a native of Middle Tennessee, in that he was born in Columbia, reared in Springfield, TN, educated at Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt University. He served as an Infantry Officer with the 101st Airborne in Clarksville, TN and South Vietnam.

He originally intended to make the military his career but after being seriously wounded in South Vietnam he was medically discharged from the Army. He entered graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University and then Vanderbilt University earning Master’s Degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration. He followed a career path from clinical chemistry to sales and marketing positions in analytical instrumentation and industrial water treatment. He ended his business career back in Middle Tennessee as an environmental consultant on water use issues after getting yet another Master’s Degree in environmental management from Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

It was upon his return to Nashville that he discerned a calling to the priesthood. He entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA in the fall of 2001 and was ordained and received another Master’s Degree, this one in Divinity in May of 2006. He has served as chaplain at St, Thomas Hospital and associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. He has served as pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lebanon, TN for several years.

Deacon Jim Dixon

Deacon Jim and his wife Naidene were married in 1957 and are the parents of four grown children who have provided them with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jim was ordained a Deacon on September 29, 1990 in the Joliet Diocese of Illinois and served as a pastoral associate before retiring and moving to Alexandria, TN in 2006.

As a Deacon, he has been involved in several different ministries and is currently teaching the RCIA class at St. Frances Cabrini. He also peaches on the first weekend of each month and assists with religious education classes when asked and in addition to those ministries he also visits the sick when asked.

The parish of St. Frances Cabrini is blest to have Deacon Jim and Naidene as a part of our growing community.

Deacon Hector Martinez

Deacon Hector is a native of Mexico and his wife Bertha from El Salvador. They lived in Southern California since age 16 until they moved to Nashville eight years ago. They have been married for 43 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Deacon Hector attended Los Angeles and Whittier Colleges and graduated with a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne in California. He worked for a major utility company, which included projects in South America.

Deacon Hector took early retirement in California, moved to Nashville and worked for seven years as Business Administrator at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam conflict.

Jan Trahan – Director of Religious Education

Nikki Gann – Parish Secretary

The Parish Pastoral Council

  • Deacon Jim Dixon
  • Frank Wilkinson
  • Deacon Hector Martinez
  • Finance Council Rep.
  • Joe Butkevicius
  • Carolyn Hepburn
  • Joe Maggart
  • Susan Donahue

The Parish Finance Council

  • Michael Conroy
  • Scott Howard
  • Tina Lynch
  • Michael Moscardelli

A Brief History of St. Frances Cabrini Parish:

The first Mass to be celebrated in Lebanon occurred in 1915 as the Rev. John Cunningham presided at the celebration of the Eucharist in the home of John J. Martin, Sr. The future Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Rev. Samuel Stritch, celebrated Mass several times at the Martin home on West Spring Street around 1922.

It wasn’t until 1930 that Mass was regularly offered through the efforts of the Rev. Harold DesChamps who was stationed at the Cathedral in Nashville. During the next few years Mass was observed at Seagraves Funeral Home, the Chapel at Cumberland University and Castle Heights Military Academy. After World War II the library at Castle Heights served as the “home” of the growing parish community.

It was in 1951 that Rev. George Rohling received permission from Bishop William Adrian to search for property to build a new church. The fledgling community pooled their resources and purchased five acres from Cumberland University to build the church in 1952. The dedication Mass of the new church occurred on April 19, 1953 under the name of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Since that time, additional property and structures have been added to the original church and the community has grown to approximately 500 households comprising 1,100 individuals. With this increase in the size of the community, the need to expand the footprint of the worship space is imminent, whether at its current site or at a new location.

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