My name is Father Michael. I would first like you to know me as a Catholic Christian who seeks to follow the person of Jesus Christ in whom my hope for eternal life is found. I grew up as a protestant evangelical Christian on the east coast of Long Island in the awesome state of New York.
I spent four years in Ohio attending a Christian evangelical university where I received a B.A. in Education. I then entered the Army Chaplain program and attended an evangelical seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I completed my seminary studies and was weeks away from completing Army Chaplain Officer school when I experienced my first encounter with Catholic Christianity.
I was invited to a Mass on the army base and after extensive discussions with a Catholic seminarian I came to conclude that the fullest, deepest, richest expression of the Christian faith endures in the Catholic Church. I entered the Catholic Church during the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday 2011.
If you would like to watch the interview I did for The Journey Home program on the EWTN Catholic television channel:
If you are interested in reading a more detailed story about my conversion, you can click on the following article title:
These past few years have been full of joy as I have learned more about the history of Christianity and have found grace-filled opportunities to deepen my faith. Today, I am the Associate Pastor at St. Paul the Apostle parish in the Diocese of Grand Rapids as a priest of Jesus Christ in His, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!
Ordination to the Priesthood
You may watch my ordination to the priesthood here: FACEBOOK VIDEO
Here is a link to the photos from the ordination: Ordination Photos
Here are the two videos of First Masses I celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Grand Rapids (a link to the picture album is below):
Click here for photos from the First Masses: Photo Album
If you would like to talk with me about what I have shared or have any questions about my life and faith journey, you may contact me through the Facebook link below or you can contact me using this form: