I am a priest of the Most High God, a disciple of His Son Jesus Christ, an apostle of the Holy Spirit and a servant for you, the people who seek God and are His own. I am a member of the faithful, like you, and a clergyman of the Church in Detroit, a native son of Saint Isidore parish, and now the administrator here at Holy Trinity Parish. I am unworthy of being known in all these ways but I continue to strive to live my life in accord with the Gospel and I ask for God’s grace and your prayers. Know that you have mine as we walk together in faith on the path to Life.
I was raised by wonderful parents and grew up with a really great sister and brother. My parents still live in my childhood home which they built in 1985. My siblings are both married, and so far, I have two nieces through my sister. I love my family very much and it is from them that I know how to love and be a family with you! Being the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family has meant that I learned many years ago to get along well with those who are both older (all my grandparents, aunts, and uncles) and younger (all my cousins) than me.
While I have high hopes for our time together, I am grounded by my experience and education (I have a degree in mechanical engineering). Not all of my family practices their faith which has taught me a bit about how to handle disappointment as a man of God. The Lord calls us to be faithful, that doesn’t always mean successful, and even if it does we may never see the fruit of our labor. I have also learned what it means to be a man of charity; I serve for your benefit in accord with the Divine Will, for God’s glory, and it is Him I aim to please.
While becoming a priest was never in my plan growing up, I can say that in being ordained I am the happiest I’ve ever been. I feel very blessed to know I’ve heard and responded to God’s call for my life’s work. I think the vocation to married life is very beautiful and I hope to strengthen it for you who are married as well as help those who are called to the priesthood and religious life to find their vocations.
Please be patient with me as I learn to serve in this new role. I truly desire to be your spiritual father; to provide for your spiritual nourishment, to protect you from falling into darkness, to encourage the growth and use of your spiritual gifts. I want to get to know you. I want you to be comfortable with me. I want to know what your hopes, plans, and desires for this parish. What has worked well, what hasn’t, what you appreciate most about the parish, what you can see has needed to be different. How I can better serve you. Your counsel and involvement are important to me. I am blessed to be following such a good pastor as Fr. Brian, and to have Fr. Jeff as my friend and associate. My new family, we are in this together! May God bless and keep you!