I am Deacon Benton Clift Sr. My lifelong home parish is Saint Philip in Melbourne Kentucky. I was ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington Kentucky on 4/13/2013, where I am currently assigned.
I am not the typical seminarian: I am 58 years old, father of three, grandfather of three, I was married for 12 years, divorced and my ex-wife died in a car accident on September 12, 2008.
My kids took turns raising one another since my youngest was two and as a single father facing life's challenges, I learned that dialog through prayer and action with God is essential to properly ordering our lives.
My children are now grown, my oldest son, Benton Jr. is married to my daughter-in-law Megan. He is an EMT with tow fire departments back home, my daughter, Elizabeth is 23, and works for a bank. She just got engaged to her friend Bart, she is my sweetheart, and my youngest son is in the USAF security forces. He is currently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
I was ordained a Permanent Deacon, April 13, 2013, after a discernment and formation process of about 5 years. The call continued and I began entertaining the thought of becoming a Priest. Circumstances opened the way for me to enter Seminary and pursue the exciting and wonderful journey I am currently on.
I am in seminary formation at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you and growing our faith together at Saint Benedict's, and we will do it all for the Honer and Glory of God.
Deacon Benton Clift Sr.