Fr. Michael has served as the Rector-Pastor of the Basilica since August 2010.
He was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.
Fr. Michael received is Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Divinty from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He professed his Solemn Vows as a Conventual Franciscan on August 8, 1998.
Fr. Michael was ordained on May 8, 1999 at the Basilica of St. Josaphat and ministered here as a Parochial Vicar until 2005. He served as the Pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church (his home parish) in Peoria, Illinois from 2005 to 2010.
Fr. Michael is the sixteenth rector of the Basilica and the twentieth pastor of the parish.
He enjoys travel, the theatre, and spending time with Joey,
the friary dog.