Father Steve Roberts is from Cumberland, KY in Harlan County. Always wanting to be a physician, he enrolled in the pre-med program at Transylvania University and graduated with a chemistry degree in 1985. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1989. After medical school, he entered and then completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty training program at UK in 1993, and subsequently helped form Women’s Care of Eastern Kentucky, an OB/GYN practice in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. The practice moved to Central Kentucky in 1997 as Women’s Care of the Bluegrass. Baptized as a Southern Baptist, Fr. Roberts converted to the Catholic faith and entered the Church at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Paintsville, KY.
After his conversion, he felt that God was calling him to the Catholic priesthood, and after a period of discernment, the Diocese sent him to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago in 2000 for his educational and formational training where he received his Masters of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology specializing in Systematic Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Christ the King on May 20, 2006. Fr. Roberts went to Rome for doctoral studies in bioethics at the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum and is presently working on his doctoral dissertation in the area of prenatal testing.
He was named Vocations Director of the diocese in 2009 and was the Parochial Vicar of Holy Spirit Parish Newman Center in Lexington since 2010. In 2015, he became the Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and in 2016 concluded his term as Vocation Director.