Fr. Michael Fones, OP
B.S. Applied Geophysics, Michigan Technological University, M.Div., Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, M.S., Geophysics, Stanford University
Every person carries within himself a project of God, a personal vocation, a personal idea of God on what he is required to do in history to build his Church, a living Temple of his presence. And the priest's role is above all to reawaken this awareness, to help the individual discover his personal vocation, God's task for each one of us.
- Pope Benedict XVI, to the Pastoral Council of the Parish of St. Felicity and Her Children, Rome, March 25, 2007.
Fr. Michael was blessed to be formed by a loving family, good, upright friends, and educators and mentors who took a personal interest in his development, whether as a musician, a scientist, or a religious priest. After ordination in 1992, he served for twelve years in campus ministries in Arizona, Utah and Oregon, and from 2004 until the summer of 2011 was the co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute. In that capacity he traveled across the U.S. and in several foreign countries teaching laity, clergy and religious how to discern their spiritual gifts and the call from God indicated by those gifts. He also gave parish missions, spoke at clergy gatherings and diocesan formation events, and trained pastoral leaders in a process of personal evangelization. Fr. Michael is the Master of Students for the Western Dominican Province and a member of the Provincial Council and Board of Members of the DSPT.
Fr. Michael is interested in vocations, beginning with the call of Christ to be his disciple, and then the lifestyle and personal calls that flow from that fundamental call to holiness. Consequently, he is interested in: learning how to evangelize effectively in a postmodern society; addressing the importance of one's spiritual disposition in the fruitful reception of sacraments and how to improve that disposition; helping Catholics recognize the charisms they received at baptism and the discernment of the lifestyle and personal calls indicated by them; helping clerics develop the skills needed for effective pastoral governance.