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January 09, 2021: Epiphany

‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.’ 1Cor 15:58

Christina Ferris and Joe Yekulis for the Saint Louis Center in Chelsea give an inclusive look at the Center, it’s history, and how it provides a loving home for it’s residents. Fr. Leo Xavier from the Pius Union of St. Joseph talks about praying for the suffering and dying and more. Fr. Cornelius Okeke speaks about St. Andre Bessette, St. Joseph, and his epiphany moments. Patrick Howard unpacks his 6 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples article.

Christina Ferris

Development Director

Christina joined St. Louis Center as development director in June 2019. She brings with her more than 30 years of nonprofit experience, having served as marketing director for the Flint Institute of Music for 18 years and also working with a variety of organizations to develop effective communications and fundraising strategies. Most recently, she served as Development Director at Arbor Hospice and at the Crim Fitness Foundation in Genesee County. Christina has assembled a development team at St. Louis Center, a residential facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities—or I/DD. She is leading the organization in raising funds for Phase II of its Legacy Campaign to build St. Louis Guanella Village, building an endowment for the future and ensuring that the organization has resources for

Joseph Yekulis

Joseph has enjoyed being the Public Relations Director of St. Louis Center since September 2005, and prior to that was a member and former Chairman of the SLC Community Advisory Council from 1994 – 2004. He spent 27 years in Washtenaw County Government, and was a Washtenaw County Commissioner from 1994 – 2004, where he also served as President of the Michigan Association of Counties in 2001. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Sheriff and Sergeant in the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department from 1975-1992. He has two degrees from Eastern Michigan University.

Joseph is an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea where he serves as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, and he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus in Chelsea since 1988. He currently serves the Order as Master of the 4th Degree for the Lansing and Kalamazoo Dioceses. He and his wife Denise have been married for 40 years, have two adult daughters, and enjoy spending time with their two dogs Stella and Betsy Ross.

Fr. Leo Xavier, SdC

Pastoral Director, Pius Union of St. Joseph, Patron of Sick and Dying

Fr. Leo Joseph Xavier belongs to the religious order of Servants of Charity. He is from Tamil Nadu, the southern part of India. He was ordained a priest in India on August 6th, 2013. He is in the United States for the past four years. He is assigned as the director of the Pious Union of St. Joseph in Grass Lake, MI from 2018.

Fr. Cornelius Okeke

Pastor of three cluster parishes: St. Andre Bessette Parish, Ecorse, St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale, and SS Andrew and Benedict, Detroit.

I am Cornelius Okeke, originally from Eastern Nigeria. Ordained Catholic priest in 1993.  Obtained PhD in Clinical Psychology from Gregorian University, Rome in 2003. Taught at Pope John Paul Major Seminary in Nigeria for 9 years. I am a resource person for the formation of Formators in African Continent.

Became the pastor of the newly merged parish – St. Andre Bessette (merged from St. Francis Xavier parish, Ecorse and Our Lady of Lourdes parish, River Rouge in 2012) in 2013.

I have written books on marriage, human sexuality and relationship; as well as books on the formation of priests and religious men and women. “Soul Food for Sundays” is a collection of reflections on Sunday readings (Years A, B, C). All my books are on Amazon.

Patrick Howard


Young Adult & Campus Ministry Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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