Ralph Martin will tell us about a free course offered through the learning portal, EQUIP, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary Check out the Fulfillment of All Desire course. Fr. Steve Mateja is a beloved frequent guest on Epiphany. St. Joseph Parish had an evening of conversation about Proposal 3. . Fr. Craig Giera is the Director of Detroit Priestly Vocations. I was at Sacred Heart Major Seminary when Fr. Craig made his presentation to the board
Ralph Martin Ph.D.
Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the author of many books, most recently A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward as well as The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and directs the Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Visit him at renewalministries.net.
Fr. Steve Mateja
Priest in Solidum St. Joseph Lake Orion and St. John Fisher, Campus Ministry at Oakland U)
Fr. Craig Giera
Before becoming a priest, I lived my life as an artist. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Wayne State University with a double concentration in painting and sculpture. After working for a number of years in an art gallery, while also exhibiting and selling my artwork, I retreated into the silence of my apartment turned studio. There I focused on a new body of work in order to apply to graduate school. In the paint and solitude, I heard God call me to a new way of life.
I studied at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and received my Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Divinity, while also acquiring the S.T.B. Pontifical Degree. I was ordained a Catholic Priest on May 22nd, 2010, very fittingly on the feast day of St. Rita, patron saint of hopeless causes. I served as parochial vicar at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson, St. Fabian and St. Coleman Parishes in Farmington Hills, and as Pastor at St. Ephrem Parish in Sterling Heights. While at St. Ephrem I received my Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Duke University. I am now Director of Priestly Vocations for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
I love being a priest and I especially love preaching, praying Mass, hearing Confessions, and helping men discern a call to the priesthood. I still make art and hope that others will be drawn to God the same way I was through creativity and beauty. I also play many stringed instruments and jam out with a priest friend in one of our rectories.