Fr. Luke Downing grew up in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Wichita and graduated from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in 2011. He then attended Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, where he earned his degree in philosophy in 2015, and Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, where he earned his Master of Divinity. Fr. Downing was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Carl Kemme on May 23, 2020 and his first assignment was here at St. Francis of parochial vicar from June 2020 until July 2022.