Father Cartwright was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
A Boothbay Harbor native, he graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School before attending St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York (1997-1998), and St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York (1998-1999), majoring in philosophy while minoring in theology.
In 1999, he was accepted as a seminarian by the Diocese of Portland and entered the Basselin Scholars Program at Theological College at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. in philosophy in 2001 but then decided to leave formation.
A former collegiate swimmer, he was hired as an assistant swimming coach at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. In 2006, he was named Georgetown’s head coach. In 2010, he resigned as head coach and resumed priestly formation for the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.
In 2012, he transferred to the Diocese of Portland and continued his studies at Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary (formerly Blessed John XXIII) in Weston, Massachusetts, where he earned a master’s degree in divinity in May of 2015.