Rev. Mario Amore
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 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.