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Fr. Paul Ward
B.A. (Theology), Pontificia Universita San Tommaso (Angelicum); M.A. (Divinity) and M.A. (Theology), Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Fr. Ward was ordained a priest in 2004 for the Archdiocese of Detroit, the city where he was born. His pursuit of the priesthood provided him with the opportunity to live nine years in Europe (Spain, Italy and Germany) learning languages, acquiring ample pastoral experience and pursuing various degrees.
As a seminarian he founded Trailblazers Youth Pilgrimages, organizing numerous trips not only for World Youth Days with Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, but also for youth pilgrimages to domestic destinations of Catholic interest, such as the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Ontario, Canada, the approved Marian apparition site near Green Bay, WI, sites in New York’s Adirondacks related to St. Isaac Jogues and St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and Michigan’s own gorgeous UP amply trod by the missionary Bishop Ven. Baraga.
A lover of classical humanities even from his teen years, he has continued during the years of his priestly ministry to encourage young people to pursue an education in them. His love for languages, modern and ancient, including Greek and Latin, has assisted in providing occasional liturgical services in the Extraordinary Form. He has also regularly offered the sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form in Spanish, German and Italian as pastoral needs arose. Appreciating all good literature, he is especially fond of St. Thomas Aquinas.
When not engaged in liturgical or pastoral services, or with a book in hand, one may find him enjoying one of many forms of sport in the great outdoors.
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