Staff Member: Fr. Michael Garry
Fr. Michael Garry
I am grateful to God and to Fr. Jim Bissonette, our Diocesan Administrator, for the honor and privilege being assigned to these parishes.
I was born in the Twin Cities, but my family moved north to Nisswa after my parents bought Agate Lake Resort, which they still own and operate today. I grew up on the resort, attended St. Christopher’s church in Nisswa, and graduated from Brainerd High School. I attended St. John Vianney College Seminary on the campus of St. Thomas University for my undergraduate studies. After that I was sent to the North American College in Rome for theological studies. I was ordained in 2013, a year behind Fr. Daniel. My first assignment as a priest was in Virginia, MN. I was there only one year when I was transferred to west Duluth to help merge a new cluster of parishes and to close one of them. The church that happened to close was St. Margaret Mary, from which All Saints parish acquired the stained glass windows and few other items for their new church. After west Duluth I was made pastor of Resurrection and St. Joseph in Eveleth and Gilbert respectively. I have been pastor there for 4.5 years and very much enjoyed my time there. I have invariably found that there are good people in every assignment I have been given.
In my previous assignments I have gone by both Fr. Michael and Fr. Garry. While I don’t have a strong preference for either, you can feel free to call me Fr. Michael, but I will of course respond to both. I look forward to getting to know you all. Lastly, please keep in mind that while I hail from the Brainerd Lakes Area, I last lived here when I was 18 years old, so I may have forgotten or never knew many names! With such large congregations, it might be helpful if you introduce yourself (repeatedly) until I retain your name.
God bless you all, I’m looking forward to whatever God has in store for us!