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.
Rev. Derik Peterman
Fr. Derik is from Livonia, MI and received the Sacraments at what is now called St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parish in Westland, MI. His parents are Bill and Debbie and he has three siblings: Jane, Kevin, and Mike. He went to public school, graduating from Churchill High School in Livonia in 2009. Before entering the seminary, Fr. Derik attended Michigan State University. There he was a Big Ten medalist on the varsity track team and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2013. While in college, he became involved with the campus ministry program at the nearby student parish. He participated in a priesthood discernment group, helped to form a men’s group and bible study, and worked as a ministry intern.
The fall after graduating from MSU, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In 2015 he earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and in 2019, completed his theology studies. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. Our Lady of Sorrows is his first assignment as a priest.