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Fr. Mark Brauer
Rev. Mark S. Brauer
Pastor
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Fr. Mark Brauer is the pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 27, 1992 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral by Cardinal Maida.  He was born in Detroit Michigan and is one of eight children born to Corinne and Joseph Brauer.  He is their sixth child, five boys and three girls.
 
This assignment is Fr. Brauer’s third since ordination more than 25 years ago.  Prior to this assignment he was Pastor of one of the first clusters in the archdiocese, St. Christine Parish and St. Gemma Parish, both located on the west side of Detroit.  He served the two parishes for ten years.   Fr. Mark’s first assignment was as an Associate Pastor of St. Ephrem Parish in Sterling Heights.
 
 
 
Fr. Mario AmoreRev. Mario Amore
 Associate Pastor
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Fr. Mario Amore was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 23, 2015 and currently serves as one of the Associate Pastors at Our Lady of  Sorrows.  Fr. Mario grew up in Woodhaven and attended St. Pius X Catholic School in Southgate and Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview.  After high school, he worked in music ministry at Catholic churches in the Detroit area while pursuing a degree in pastoral ministry as well a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.  Fr. Mario entered the seminary at the age of 22 and for six years discerned and studied for the Catholic priesthood earning a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.). 
 

In addition to the daily celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments, Fr. Mario is responsible for forming new members in the Catholic faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and helping couples prepare for marriage.  One of the greatest joys of his priesthood is the interaction with families and young people, especially those in our parish religious education program and elementary school.  Fr. Mario would like everyone to know that he is never too busy to celebrate the sacraments, especially the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation, or just to chat. Contact him anytime. 

 

 

Fr. Paul Graney Rev. Paul Graney
 Associate Pastor
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Fr. Paul grew up in Oxford, MI with his parents Paul and Judy and his sister Katie. His home parish is St. Joseph’s in Lake Orion where he received the  sacraments of initiation.  He graduated from Oxford High School in 2003. During  high school Fr. Paul began attending an Evangelical youth group and eventually identified himself as an Evangelical Christian. He then went on to Oakland University where he played hockey for the club team.

After one year he discerned the call to the ministry and began attending Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY. He graduated three years later in 2007 but was starting to sense that something was off with his Evangelical beliefs. Fr. Paul continued his studies at Nyack College in New York, NY for just a year before God led him back home to the Catholic Church after reading some of the writings of the Church Fathers. Still feeling called to the ministry, Fr. Paul began discerning the priesthood and decided to enter the seminary program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2010. In 2012 he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy. In 2016 he earned both a Master’s of Divinity and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology. On May 14, 2016 Fr. Paul was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ. His parents still reside in Oxford and his sister Katie now lives in Chicago with her husband Mike.