FATHER MIKE MCDERMOTT
253-564-5185 ext. 0
Seminary: St. Edward, St. Thomas the Apostle (Kenmore, WA)
Favorite Scripture Passage: Luke 24:13-35, the Emmaus Story. “This passage describes what I try to do as a priest each day; to bring hope to the discouraged by explaining the Good News of the Bible, by celebrating the presence of the Lord and the union of creation in the Eucharist, and by proclaiming that Jesus is truly Risen and is the way to the fullness of life.”
Hobbies: Hiking, climbing, and skiing both downhill and cross country.
What I love most about my ministry: “Celebrating the Sacraments and providing hope for those dealing with loss in their life.”
FATHER JUSTIN RYAN
253-564-5185 ext. 3015
Seminary: St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL) ; Mount Angel (Saint Benedict, OR)
Favorite Scripture Passage:
Luke 4:1 - "Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert." Ideally we will always be filled with the Holy Spirit, and then led to do God's will. As this also occured at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, I hope to be filled and led by the Spirit in sharing this new and incredible gift of priesthood.
Hobbies: Sports, especially soccer and running. I also love watching sports, particularly college football, tennis and basketball. I am a dedicated Seattle sports fan while also cheering for my alma mater, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
What I love most about my ministry: While it’s early, the opportunity to administer the sacraments is so life-giving, and most of the time, I’m not even the one receiving them! It’s also humbling and life-giving to be welcomed into such intimate moments in people’s lives, whether in the Confessional or during an Anointing.
PASTORAL ASSISTANT FOR ADMINISTRATION
253-564-5185 ext. 3014
Favorite Scripture Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6, trust the Lord with all your heart, do not rely on your own insights. "I find comfort in knowing that God is in control, He is leading me and is my constant guide. It is a reminder of my responsibility to put my ultimate trust in God.”
Hobbies: “Bike riding, wine touring, travelling”
What I love most about my ministry: “My calling to the supportive ministry of the Church as a parish administrator allows me to serve as the face, hands, and feet of our parish. I enjoy working with parish members, pastors, and other church leaders to accomplish our common mission of service, all in support of God’s work.”
PASTORAL ASSISTANT FOR RCIA, GRIEF MINISTRY & MARRIAGES
253-564-5185 ext. 3037
Favorite Scripture Passage: Mark 6: 34-44, the scene of the multiplication of the loaves. "I like the idea of taking what God gives you and multiplying it in His name.”
Hobbies: “Yard work (different from gardening!), travelling, repurposing. Someday I wish to paint.”
What I love most about my ministry: “I enjoy walking with others during some of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives. I also enjoy building community, relationships, and living out my vocation to ministry.”
PASTORAL ASSISTANT FOR FAITH FORMATION
253-564-5185 ext. 3036
Favorite Scripture Passage: Matthew 5, 1 Corinthians 13, and the Lord’s Prayer. "They each speak to me in a profound way, challenging me every day on how to live. They are simple and gentle, yet speak volumes.”
Hobbies: “Crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I love the outdoors and going to the beach. I love playing games with my family.”
What I love most about my ministry: “I love working with children – they are curious, honest, and wholesome. They are imaginative and want to know God. Kids have a beautiful, innocent spirituality.”
PASTORAL ASSISTANT FOR OUTREACH, PARISH LIFE & MINISTRY TO THE SICK
253-564-5185 ext. 3013
Favorite Scripture Passage: Colossians 3: 12-17, "It speaks to me on how we should live our lives with faith, love, and compassion."
Hobbies: "Spending time with family and friends, anything involving food, binge watching Netflix, and trying new things."
What I love most about my ministry: “I've always had a passion for helping others and it allows me to aid in showing others compassion, kindness and love to those in need, who are sick, and our fellow parishioners."
SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR
253-564-5185 ext 3062
253-564-5185 ext. 3025
Favorite Scripture Passage: Matthew 6:25-34, Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Seek first God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be given to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. "This passage reminds me that God is the center of my life. It frees me to live my life knowing that He will take care of me so that I can go about my life doing His will and helping others.”
Hobbies: “Readings, hand stitchery, fly fishing (badly!), arranging special occasion celebrations, and teaching disaster preparedness in the community.”
What I love most about my ministry: “Every day is different and brings new challenges. I love working with people and my job affords me the privilege of acting as the voice, eyes, hands and heart of God, welcoming those that enter our parish doors.”