Father Mike had an idea when he was in fourth grade that he wanted to become a priest. Born in West Chester (his family includes a younger sister and mother who passed away last year) and while attending St. Joseph’s School in Downingtown, his teacher asked the students to write to a person who they would like to follow in vocation. Father Mike’s choice was newly ordained Father Golias (now Monsignor Golias) of his parish. He wrote to Father Golias who encouraged him to believe that God was calling him. He attended St. Charles Seminary for eight years, was ordained a priest in 1987 and then began his priesthood at Maternity BVM in Northeast Philadelphia.
Throughout the years, Father Mike has been at various parishes, including St. Thomas Aquinas in Croydon. In addition, Father Mike is a Spiritual Director for the men who are in the process of becoming Deacons and he meets once a month with them to assist them with their journey. It was on May 11th of this year, that Father Mike received a call from Vicar for Clergy, Monsignor Sullivan, asking him to come to Assumption, where he has remained since the passing of Father Bill. We celebrated his Installation Mass on October 24, 2015, with Bishop Fitzgerald, our Regional Bishop, where he was given the keys to Assumption BVM and officially became our Pastor.
What Father Mike enjoys so much here at Assumption is the close knit faith community along with the spirit of welcome. One of his goals is to increase attendance at our weekend masses. He would like parishioner input so that a remedy might be found. He believes outreach to the community, through the door to door visits as disciples, may be one way of achieving this objective. Also, he believes that everyone has some time and talent to offer to our parish. Therefore, another goal of his is to see more time spent for the good of the parish in helping to grow our community and parish family. In addition, he asks that if you see someone, whether it be at mass, parish functions, sporting events, etc. and you do not know their name, introduce yourself and say hello. He believes that getting to know your extended “family” is a wonderful way to grow our community. Father Mike would like to spend the next twenty-one years as Pastor of Assumption BVM, at which time he will be seventy-five–the age priests can retire. We hope for the same.
Father Mike’s Official Rite of Installation as the New Pastor of Assumption BVM Parish
Saturday, October 24th, 2015
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