Listen to the lively conversation about Fr. Gabriel Richard with Danielle Center. Seminarian Andrew Smith talks about his call to the priesthood. Mark Robinson from Livingston County Catholic Charities shares how we can help our neighbors. Fr. Tom Firestone gives updates on Flint and talk about the Faith in Flint initiative. Fr. Stephen Pullis explains the Archdiocese of Detroit’s launching of the Grow Year Scripture Challenge.
Danielle Center does a fair share of rogue ministry that involves: art, pilgrimage, and traipsing across the world (in no particular order). Loves include: writing weird poetry, scheming about theater, playing around with circus, and hosting dinner parties.
Theology II Seminarian, Archdiocese of Detroit
I a seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Detroit. A native of Mount Clemens, MI, I am thirty-seven years old and have attended my home parish, St. Peter’s, my entire life. Prior to entering seminary, I taught history and ran the library at St. Mary’s, the grade school at my parish, and worked in the parish office as webmaster and social media coordinator. When not studying, I enjoy cooking, playing board games and watching movies.
Mark T. Robinson
Mark T. Robinson, LMSW, ACSW, Executive Director, Livingston County Catholic Charities
I’ve been the Executive Director of Livingston County Catholic Charities since 1/29/01, my 20th anniversary is coming up. Before that I was the Executive Director of Catholic Social Services of Monroe County, from 1992 – 2000. My career goes back to 1975 and includes parish work in Detroit, the former Catholic Social Services of Wayne County and Holy Cross Family Services (formerly Boysville of MI). All but 4 years of my career have been with Catholic organizations. My wife of 37 years, Anne Pavlic, and I have one 29-year-old daughter who is a teacher. I am a member of Holy Family Parish in Novi. I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the former Mercy College (now U of D – Mercy), 1978, and a Master’s of Social Work from Wayne State University, 1983.
Fr. Tom Firestone
Pastor – St. Michael, St. John Vianney, St. Matthew, and St. Mary
Grew up in Ida, Michigan. Ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1978. Worked for the Bishops of the Heartland Association. Also have degrees in Argiculture from MSU and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School/Western Michigan Univ. Transferred to the Diocese of Lansing in 1995 and founded the Association of the Faithful, Alma Redemptoris Mater in the diocese. Served in the diocese at Holy Rosary and Holy Redeemer Parishes in Burton, MI. Pastor at St. Mary’s Student Parish at the University of Michigan from 1996 until 2005. Pastor in Flint, Michigan of the Catholic Community of Flint since 2005. Been in charge of various parishes in Flint over the years either merging them or closing them.
Fr. Stephen Pullis
Priest , Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship , Archdiocese of Detroit