Fr. Bruce Wren


Fr. Bruce Wren was born on January 8, 1962 in Cottonwood, Idaho, in the midst of a very simple, fervent, pre-Vatican II catholic community. After finishing high school he went to Santa Fe, N.M., where he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in the Great Books program at St. John’s College. He received his priestly vocation at the age of 23, joined the Legion of Christ at the insistence of a Jesuit priest who was a good friend, and began his novitiate in the fall of 1985 in Cheshire, CT. He was sent to Salamanca, Spain for his second year of Novitiate, and there also completed two years of classical humanities studies. He finished his priestly formation in Rome, at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, where he received licentiate degrees in philosophy and theology. 

At different times during these years he did his apostolic internship in Cheshire, Connecticut, Greenville, Rhode Island, and at the General Direction in Rome. He was ordained on January 3rd, 1996, by the Archbishop of Hartford, Daniel Cronin, and began priestly ministry as Instructor of Novices in the French-speaking novitiate in Cornwall, Canada, on the border between Ontario and Quebec, Canada. He was transferred to the Apostolic School in France in 1999, where he practiced his priestly ministry as Rector of the School and Superior of the Community until 2014, when he received a new assignment here in Chicago, as Chaplain of the Lumen Institute and auxiliary to the Regnum Christi Men’s section. He is the 3rd of ten children, the proud uncle of 56 nieces and nephews, and very happy to be a member of the vibrant and often hilarious Chicago LC community.