Father Mike was born January 3, 1948, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and, at the age of one, moved to Algonac where he went to Catholic grade school and public high school. He went to college for two years before deciding upon going into the seminary. He graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Theology and then received his Masters of Divinity from St. John’s in Plymouth.
Father Mike was ordained a deacon in December 1974 and ordained a priest on February 13, 1976. His first assignment as a priest was at St. Suzanne Parish in Detroit, followed by St. Bede in Southfield and St. Leo in Detroit. He then went to Rome, Italy to study Canon Law and received his Licentiate in Church Law from Pontifical Georgian University.
From there, Father Mike worked full time in Marriage Law for 5 years while also being the pastor at St. Boniface Parish in Detroit. When the church closed in 1990, he was sent as pastor of St. Theodore Parish in Westland until 1998, then St. Agatha’s until 2000.
At that time, Father Mike was asked to be the first priest from Detroit to be pastor of the Catholic Church in the Cayman Islands. He spent seven years there, taking a year off while going through chemo and radiation and a study sabbatical in Louven, Belgium at the American College.
In July 2008, Father Mike came to Sacred Heart in Grosse Ile where he remains today.
Father Mike has three siblings, two sisters and a brother. He enjoys spending time with family, Detroit sports, traveling and golf.