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Emmaus Small Group Profiles

Emmaus Small Groups

Emmaus Small Groups 

Heather and Tim

Heather Smith & Tim Gelletly 

Heather grew up in Kentucky and was involved in the youth group there.  She has led retreats as a teenager and loved the strong bonds it created.  She really enjoys being involved with the youth in the community and has helped with the play and craft workshops at a vacation bible school.  She has a special love for the outdoors and dogs!
Tim is a convert to the Catholic Church, enjoys theological podcasts, rich discussions and debates about our wonderful faith.  "As a proud dad of 3 incredible kids- including 2 teenagers (one of which just returned from WYD2019) - I am excited about pouring my passion for the Catholic Faith into this group, while using my talents to encourage discovery and discussion.”


Group Demographic:  Teens in 8th - 12th grade
Meeting Time:  Saturday Evening 5:30-7:00 PM - Bi-Weekly
Pets:  Heather owns a Australian Shepherd 
Approximate Location:  10 Mile & Power
Cori Anne

Cori Michalski & Anne Klein

Cori is happily retired, loves to garden and crochet and enjoys trying new restaurants.  She has enjoyed her time with the Tuesday morning group leading a weekly scripture study, as well as attending other faith formation classes at OLS. She volunteers her time at St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen, and is a member of the OLS Martha Ministry team. 
Anne owns a cat sitting service and has loved attending OLS since transferring from the  St. Claires parish.  She enjoys volunteering for C.A.R.E.S. and supporting the clothes closet there.  She has loved participating in the Tuesday scripture study for 5 years and attending various faith formation events.


Group Demographic:  50 and Up - Men and Women
Meeting Time:  Tuesday afternoon 11:30-1:00 - Weekly
Approximate Location:  10 Mile & Power
Pets: 1 Well trained dog may pop in from time to time - Dreyfus

Charlie & Elaine Robeck

We are Elaine and Charlie.  We have four children who are homeschooled and a big crazy dog that isn’t. We are looking forward to getting to know other parishioners better and sharing our faith journey with them. We won’t have babysitting as such during our meetings, but group members are welcome to bring children who are able to play independently in our playroom; babes in arms are also welcome.

Group Demographic: Couples with Children

Meeting Time: Sunday Evenings - Bi-weekly
Pets: Large Dog
Approximate Location: 11 Mile & Farmington

Lynda & Chris O'Donnell 

We have an open seat waiting for you! We try to meet every other week, however we are open to people's busy schedule. Come on over, we would love to have you in our group. 
Lynda's favorite Bible Verse: The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Group Demographics:  Any

Meeting Time:  Friday Evening - Bi-weekly
Pets: Dog

Approximate Location:   9 Mile & Halstead

 Dawn and Dave

Dave & Dawn Malinowski

Dave and I enjoy spending time with family at the lake in Indiana, boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming and cooking. We have been married for 27 years and have five children and one son-in-law. We have been members of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish since 1992.
Dawn's favorite scripture verse is John 15:16, "It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you."  Dave's favorite verse is Matthew 20:16, "Thus, the last will be first and the first will be last."


Group Demographic:  Couples
Meeting Time:  Saturday Evening - Bi-Weekly
Pets: 1 dog and 1 rabbit that stays in the basement
Approximate Location:  11 Mile and Drake

Zach & Hannah Norman

Zach is an engineer, who loves entertaining guests, games, movies, video games, and cooking. Hannah is a Librarian by day and Crafter by night.


Group Demographic:  Recent College Grads and Young Professionals (up to 35 years old)
Meeting Time:  Tuesday or Sunday Evening - Weekly
Approximate Location:  12 Mile & Orchard Lake 

Cheryl Dehn & Heather Soderquest

Cheryl and her husband David have 2 daughters at OLS School. We love to bike and camp, and play on an Over-30 Rec Soccer Team with other members of the Sorrows community. "Oh, and I'm a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.. Go Badgers! :)"
Cheryl's Favorite Bible verse: John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Meeting Time:  Wednesday evenings Bi-Weekly

Pets:  1 well behaved dog.  Allergies: Cats
Approximate Location:  Broadview/Dohany Neighbors

Dorothy Phillips & Christine Widner

There are so many Scripture verses I love. This passage has spoken to me a lot lately: “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6


Group Demographic:  Women
Meeting Time:   Tuesday - Late Morning - Bi-weekly
Pets: Dog and Cat
Approximate Location: 11 Mile & Drake

Fran and Jerry Ashe

Jerry & Fran Ashe

Jerry and Fran originally met in a hospital at the age of 16.  Fran enjoys reading and Jerry enjoys golf & hockey. They both love spending time with their 2-year old grandson.  Their Favorite Bible verse- 1 Thessalonians 1:2 "We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly



Group Demographic:  Couples
Meeting Time:  Tuesday Evenings - Bi-Weekly
Pets:  None
Approximate Location:  Orchard Lake & Lone Pine 


Karla & Kaleb Dorweiler and Cecilia Norris

Kaleb is in the marching band at U of D Jesuit High School.  He flew an airplane when he was 10 years old. Also, he is very outdoorsy, and his favorite Bible verse is Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”). 

Cecilia is a senior at Farmington High School, where she plays basketball, field hockey, and track. Her favorite Bible verse: “for what does it profit a man to gain the world and forfeit his soul” Mark 8:36
Group Demographic:  Teens in 8th - 12th grade
Meeting Time:  Saturdays Morning or Early Afternoon - Bi-Weekly
Approximate Location:  10 Mile & Power  


Barb McCulloch

Barbara enjoys gardening, scrapbooking and spending time with family at various family events.


Group Demographic:  Mix of men, women singles/couples 50s thru 70s
Meeting Time:  Monday Evenings - Bi-weekly
Pets:  2 Cats at Deering Home 
Approximate Location:   Middlebelt & Joy or 7 Mile & Farmington



Marie Wilkie & Maureen Altermatt

I love being Catholic, and I love getting together with like-minded friends - new and old. Besides that, I’m rather fond of cats, reading, knitting, and good food. I’m also eternally single - hence my hobbies. I was a small group coordinator for the ChristLife program at OLS, as well as a facilitator in the Emmaus Small Group pilot program. And to think I was the girl who always faked a stomach ache when I had to do oral presentations in grade school. The Holy Spirit works in mysteriously wonderful ways!


Group Demographics:  Any
Meeting Time: Mondays 7:30-9:00 PM - Weekly
Pets:  None
Approximate Location:  Grand River Between Drake & Halstead


Margie Abendroth & Susan Riggs

Margie appreciates health and fitness.  She enjoys taking outdoor walks and a healthy holistic approach to medicine.  Since 2002, she has attended various retreats at Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills.

Susan enjoys gardening, golfing and cooking. Her two cats, Ben and Jerry keep her company since her two children are grown and are no longer living at home.


Group Demographic:  Singles
Meeting Time:  Wednesday Evening - Bi-weekly
Pets: Small Dog

Approximate Location: 11 Mile & Farmington


Erin Somerville & Tim Wahmhoff

We're the "Old School Millennials." The Somerville's have a 10 month old Johnny and love to travel, do DIY home renovations and watch the Great British Baking Show! Assistant Leader Tim Wahmhoff and wife Kim just welcomed baby Gabriel. Some favorite things include travel, outdoor adventures and cooking. We are all excited to grow in our faith and form an OLS community of "Older Millennials". 

We regret that we can not offer babysitting but babies who will remain seated on laps are welcome to join us.


Group Demographic:  Couples or Singles in the "Older Millennials" age range (27-37ish)
Meeting Time:  Wednesdays - Weekly - Of the 4 week cycle, weeks 1 and 3 will be coed, week 2 is women only and week 4 is men only. Thus, it is 3 out of 4 weeks for every individual
Pets:  None
Approximate Location:  12 Mile & Drake/11 Mile & Drake 


Tom Szymkowski & Mary Ferrini

Tom worked for the Airforce on the C130 and F16 airplanes. He enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and two children. His favorite Bible verse is John 15:4 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,…"

Mary is wife, mother and dedicated teacher.  She genuinely enjoys learning about and discussing the Catholic faith. 


Group Demographics: Couples
Meeting Time: Thursday Evenings - Bi-weekly
Pets: 1 Cat at Ferrini home
Approximate Location: 9 Mile and Halstead/Rotate homes