Michael grew up in Toronto, where he attended Little Trinity, an Anglican parish in the Distillery District, and made some lifelong friendships in their Children’s and Youth Program and volunteered in their Preschool Sunday School room.
He graduated from Mount Alison University in 2007 with an International Relations degree and is functionally bilingual after spending the four subsequent years living in France.
In France, he stayed two years in the medieval city of Troyes, working as an English Language Assistant with high school students and two years living the community of Taizé, a village in the countryside of Burgundy.
The community of Taizé is ecumenical, with both Protestant and Catholic brothers, and welcomes tens of thousands of young people, ages 15-29 to experience a week following the rhythms of monastic life. In Taizé, he discovered a sense of vocation in working towards reconciliation within the Church and the wider human family.
He and his wife, Yvonne, met in Teachers' College in Ottawa and were married the summer of 2013. After having worked in the Halton region as French teachers, they embarked on a self-supported one year bicycle adventure around the world.
After many kilometres and much reflection he decided to take his teaching gifts in a new direction and began studying theology at Trinity College, Toronto in 2015.
He is on track for Ordination in the Diocese of Toronto and is delighted to be working at St. Mary Magdalene’s over the summer. He is looking forward to focusing on Children’s and Youth ministry, offering Pastoral Care, and supporting Adult Faith Formation.