Dear Families at Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake ,
I am very excited to be joining you. I know Fr. Joe has loved his time with you and I am to be following him. He has told me many great things about both communities. Every time we talked over the past couple of weeks all he would do is brag about you and the good things the Lord has been doing. I look forward to continuing the good work Jesus has already begun.
I know this has been a shock for you as it was for me and St. John the Evangelist, the parish I came from. I was struck by the fact though that the announcement happened on the feast day of the birth of St. John the Baptist. He is an incredible example of what it means to follow God’s call, even with its unexpected twists and turns. It was a reminder to me of the Lord’s providential hand in all of this and the call to trust in His love and His plan.
I wanted to share a bit about me.
I grew up in Fowler, MI on my parent’s 260-acre organic dairy farm. They sell their milk to Horizon organic. I am the 4th of ten children (seven boys, three girls). My twin brother, Fr. Gary, is number five being born four minutes after me! Five of my sibling are married and I am blessed to have nine nieces and nephews. I am hopeful that there are many more to come.
I entered seminary right after high school in 2006. My first four years were at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. I then spent four years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for Theology.
For my first assignment I spent three years at St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Abor, MI. I spent this past year at St. John the Evangelist in Fenton, MI. Both of my assignments have had schools so I am very excited to have our school at Sacred Heart.
I enjoy running, fishing, playing cards (euchre, pinochle, cribbage to name a few), board games, reading, and generally hanging out. I love being a priest and I love farming (I usually go back to my parent’s farm on my day off) so this assignment seems particularly providential.
It is an honor to be able to serve here. I look forward getting to know all of you. I have been praying for you since I received the call from Bishop Boyea.