Father Mike's Ministry
Ordained Roman Catholic Deacon for the Archdiocese of Hartford,1974 and served at St. Peter's Church, Hartford, CT 1974-1984.
Laicized in 1984. This means I am no longer a Roman Catholic cleric and am NOT licensed by the Roman Catholic Church to preach or officiate at weddings.
Ordained priest by Bishop Paul Diederich of the Western Orthodox Church, Sept. 15, 1991 at South Church, Hartford, CT
Incardinated as a priest in the Good Shepherd Companions, an Ecumenical Catholic Ordinariate, 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, CA, and, after leaving the Salesians, 1964-65 at the former St. Anthony High School, Bristol, CT.
Graduate Philosophy Studies: Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy, 1964;
Master of Social Work degree (MSW): UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT 1970;
Theology Studies: St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT 1971-73;
M. Div. courses: Holy Apostles College, Cromwell, CT, 1984
Married Antoinette ["Ann"] Perry 1984 . We 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, CT, until June, 2010, when it closed. Volunteer at Connecticut Valley Hospital , the Village at South Farms [assisted living facility], in Middletown, CT, Westside Care Center, Manchester, CT and Jefferson House, Newington, CT.
Past-President of the Interfaith Clergy Association, Newington CT.
Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.):Global Ministries University, 2019. One consequence of the research project I submitted for the degree was the decision to offer a "virtual community" to all that I minister to: please visit (and join) my Facebook page (see "Useful links" page).
Clergy of the Good Shepherd Companions minister to Christians of all traditions and all people of good will, 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 me by phone, E-mail or snail mail.