GETTING TO KNOW FR. MARK

He loves being a priest

His family is important to him

He enjoys the "joie de vivre"

He loves to fish

He enjoys preaching

He enjoys teaching

BIOGRAPHICAL

  • He was born October 21, 1972; he is 47 years-old

  • He was born and raised in Houma

  • His parents are Prosper and Beverly Toups

  • He has two brothers, PJ and Philip, and three sisters, Mary, Priscilla, and Diana

  • He graduated from Terrebonne High in 1990 and Nicholls State University in 1994

  • He went to seminary at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans

  • He was ordained on May 26, 2001 and has been a priest for 19 years

FAVORITES

  • Favorite thing to do when he’s not working? He loves to fish

  • Inshore or offshore? Wherever the redfish are, but any day with a bent rod is a great day

  • Best book he’s read recently? Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge

  • Best movie he’s watched recently? The Way Back with Ben Affleck

  • Television, movie, or a book? To relax, it would be a movie; he tries to read a book a month for work

  • Most used app on his phone? Bleacher Report or ESPN

 

RAPID-FIRE

  • What’s been the hidden blessing of COVID-19? Rediscovering time with and for his family

  • What’s been the hardest part of COVID-19? Not being able to celebrate Mass with people

  • Sunrise or sunset? Both, but he loves the sunrise; he’s usually up at 4:00 am

  • Hobbies: Graphic design is a creative outlet; would love to once again start a garden

  • He’s served as Consultant and/or Vicar General to Bishop Fabre since 2015

  • Until January 1st he’s at the Pastoral Center on Wednesdays

  • Friday is his day off

  • Blog: marktoups.com

  • Email: mtoups@htdiocese.org

 

AUTHOR OF

He is also an adjunct faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation, where he has served as a professor of Spiritual Theology, spiritual director, and program coordinator for the Spiritual Exercises, 30-day retreat