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Prior to being named Pastor of Immaculate Conception, Father Cook served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. He also served as Chaplain at Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School in Kernerville, NC, and taught at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School.
Born in High Point, NC, he was baptized and made his First Communion at Immaculate Heart of Mary. “In third grade,” he recalls, “we moved to Asheville and I continued school at St. Eugene, and Asheville Catholic School.”
That’s where Fr. Cook first felt “really drawn to the priesthood.” He enjoyed serving Mass, and being with the priests of the parish, but he didn’t feel his true calling until he was practicing law in Raleigh. “It took a few years to sort out the call,” he remembers.
A Scriptural passage that affected the discernment of his vocation was Psalm 4. “It always stuck with me, and drew me to leaving my career and studying for the priesthood,” he explains. “It reads: ‘O men, how long will your hearts be closed, will you love what is futile and seek what is false?’” Fr. Cook began to realize that “loving my corporate career was loving something false and futile, relative to my soul, and it helped me to detach from my corporate life, and head to the seminary in 2011.”
“I like to read, hike, and spend time with my family. My father lives in Asheville, and I have a younger brother in Florida, and a sister in Georgia. We are all very close, and I love to travel to see them; I also like to travel with other priests, and enjoy our fraternal time together.” Father Cook also loves sports, and likes going to games, or watching them on TV.
Father Torres has served as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception since July 2021.