Father Bill Porter
Shares the St. Michael Story
When our parish was established on July 16, 1999, we had not yet been given a name. Somehow we coined the name, The Best New Parish in Johnson County. In many ways, that names still rings true. St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish is a community of endless enthusiasm and energy. We're a young parish with many families striving to live God's message in a world of often-contrary values. In many ways, the people of St. Michael Parish are pioneers, from the senior citizens that we are proud to have as members to the newest child just recently baptized. We are a community of very involved people who are excited about the opportunity to form a parish in the image of Christ and to make new and lasting friendships.
Now that I've given you a little insight into our parish, I'd like to tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in Iola, Kan., where I graduated from high school in 1972. I graduated from Washburn University in Topeka in 1976 and was ordained in Denver, Colo., in 1980. My first assignment was at Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park.
I then served at St. Lawrence Campus Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 1982 to 1989 and at the Didde Catholic Campus Center at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., from 1989 to 1998, which involved both fundraising and building projects. Because the congregation was new at the beginning of each school year, I quickly learned to get off to a fast start. I had to go out and find the students, particularly on a secular campus, and let them know that the Catholic church was there. With every group on campus vying for their time, I had to act quickly at the beginning of each semester.
Prior to becoming the founding pastor of St. Michael Parish , I served as pastor at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kan.
Fr. Mike Peterson - Associate Pastor
•Born March 6, 1953
•Graduate from Clyde Rural High School in Clyde, KS
•Attended Kansas State University where I received both my BS & MS in Civil Engineering.
•Attended Seminary at Blessed John XXIII in Massachusetts
•Favorite Saint: St. Joseph
My advice to men considering the priesthood~ Like all of life's journeys, the priesthood requires a very small first step. If that journey (or any of our journeys) is devoted to holiness and love, the good Lord will give in support His immense grace. One also needs to remember the words that Pope John Paul voiced so often, "Be not afraid."
I decided to become a priest to give witness to the truth as stated in the Creed and to provide the sacraments to God’s people.
My biggest influences were my mother’s faith, my father’s character and courage, the example of several fine priests, and several fine Catholics I know.
My hobbies & interests include golf, gardening, reading and ballroom dancing.
Contact me through the Parish Office.
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