Father Mike’s Ministry
Serve the Lord with Gladness!
Father Mike offers nonjudgmental ministry in the Catholic Tradition to those who desire faith-centered services.
Religious Ceremonies for Your Life’s Important Events
Are you planning to get married and in search of a wedding minister? Do you or your loved ones need pastoral counseling? Perhaps you want to have a house blessing ceremony. Father Mike’s Ministry is here to offer religious services.
Father Mike ministers under license from the Good Shepherd Companions, an Ecumenical Catholic Ordinariate. He offers nonjudgmental ministry in the Catholic Tradition to those who desire faith-centered services. Contact him in Newington, Connecticut to schedule an appointment.
Biography of Michael Aparo
Father Mike was ordained Roman Catholic Deacon for the Archdiocese of Hartford, 1974 and served at St. Peter's Church, Hartford, Connecticut from 1974 to 1984. He was laicized in 1984. This means that Father Mike is no longer a Roman Catholic cleric and is NOT licensed by the Roman Catholic Church to preach or officiate at weddings.
He was ordained priest by Bishop Paul Diederich of the Western Orthodox Church on Sept. 15, 1991 at South Church, Hartford, Connecticut. He was then incardinated as a priest in the Good Shepherd Companions, an Ecumenical Catholic Ordinariate in December 2013.
- B.A. Magna Cum Laude: Don Bosco College, Newton New Jersey, 1960;
- Taught high school Latin, English, Italian, Religion and Geometry as a Salesian Cleric 1960-1963 in Rosemead, California and after leaving the Salesians 1964-65 at the former St. Anthony High School, Bristol, Connecticut.
- Graduate Philosophy Studies: Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy, 1964;
- Master of Social Work degree (MSW): UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford, Connecticut 1970;
- Theology Studies: St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut 1971-73;
- M. Div. courses: Holy Apostles College, Cromwell, Connecticut, 1984
- Married Antoinette ["Ann"] Perry 1984. They have two grown daughters and one grandson. Ann died in September 2016.
- Social Worker for Catholic Charities and the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
- Volunteer Chaplain at Cedarcrest Hospital in Newington, Connecticut until June, 2010, when it closed.
- Volunteer at Connecticut Valley Hospital; the Village at South Farms [assisted living facility], in Middletown, Connecticut; Westside Care Center, Manchester, Connecticut; and Jefferson House, Newington, Connecticut.
- President of the Interfaith Clergy Association, Newington, Connecticut.
- Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min): Global Ministries University, 2019.
One consequence of the research project he submitted for the Doctoral degree was the decision to offer a "virtual community" to all that he ministers to: please visit (and join) his Facebook page in the links below.
The Clergy of the Good Shepherd Companions minister to Christians of all traditions and all people of goodwill, primarily to disaffected and disenfranchised Catholics (The "Diaspora"). According to Roman Catholic Canon 290: "After it has been validly received, sacred ordination never becomes invalid."
Roman Catholic Canon 843 further states that an ordained minister "cannot refuse the sacraments to those who ask for them...and that "whenever necessity requires or genuine spiritual advantage suggests, and provided that the danger of error or indifferentism is avoided, it is lawful for the [Roman Catholic] faithful to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist and anointing of the sick [even] from non-Roman Catholic ministers in whose churches these sacraments are valid."
If you have any questions about any of these points, feel free to contact Father Mike by phone, E-mail, or snail mail.
Father Mike’s Ministry aims to serve everybody in accordance with the Catholic tradition.
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