Fr. George Michael
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I grew up in the state of Kerala (Diocese of Pala), in southeastern India, the youngest of a Catholic family with four brothers and three sisters and many nieces and nephews. My primary and secondary education was at the local St. Mary’s Catholic School. My family belongs to the Church of St. Mary.
After discerning my vocation to the priesthood, I decided to enter the Vincentian Congregation (VC) to complete my priestly formation. I completed my novitiate and made my first profession in 1988 and my final profession in 1993. I studied philosophy and theology at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary in Aluva, Kerala, and was ordained a priest on December 30, 1995.
When my superior asked me to minister in the United States of America, I was happy to fulfill his request. I came to the Diocese of St. Cloud in 2008 and was appointed assistant at St. Michael’s in St. Cloud and St. Joseph’s in Waite Park. As you know, since 2010 I am the Canonical Administrator of Sacred Heart in Dent and St. Lawrence in Rush Lake. I am looking forward to serving as the Canonical Administrator of Holy Cross, Butler; Sacred Heart, Dent; St. Henry’s, Perham and St. Lawrence, Rush Lake (Northern Cross Area Catholic Community Parishes).
I often turn to the most courageous and obedient St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, for guidance. His silent listening in doing God’s will is very inspiring as well as a model for me to live each day in a close relationship with Jesus Christ.