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Father Michael was born and raised in Lynnwood, Washington, with his four younger sisters. He grew up among gifted craftsmen in his family, and spent many years in the carpentry business prior to entering the priesthood. He enjoys carpentry to this day - you can even spot some of his craftsmanship around the Church!
During his eight years of seminary formation, he spent one summer constructing new buildings at CYO Camps Don Bosco and Hamilton; two summers as chaplain intern at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; another summer in Cambodia to learn about the people, programs and projects of Catholic Relief Services; and an internship year with the three parishes of St. Joseph in Ferndale, St. Ann in Blaine, and St. Joachim in Bellingham.
After his ordination in 2006, he provided priestly ministry at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma and served as pastor for six years at Our Lady of Lourdes in Vancouver. When he is not at the office, at the church, or at the school, Father Michael can often be found walking very briskly around the Parish campus, sometimes carrying a tape measure.