Meet Our New Pastor
Fr. Michael Goodyear was born on October 30, 1960. His parents Frank and Regina are deceased and he has four siblings. His oldest brother, Robert, and youngest sister, Kathleen, also followed Christ in vocations. After growing up in Ohio, Fr. Michael began a career in Industrial Design. But in his second year, during a lunch hour Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, he sensed God’s call to serve Him, which eventually led him to pursue the priesthood.
His priestly studies began at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana with the Benedictines and continued with the Legionaries of Christ in Connecticut, Salamanca, Spain and Rome, Italy where he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian Seminary and the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Seminary. Fr. Michael completed his studies and was ordained to the priesthood on November 25, 1994.
Fr. Michael has spent twenty years in campus ministry at the high school and college levels. This ministry has taken him to various parts of the country: New Haven, Washington DC, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, and Fort Myers. Through the College COMPASS program, he worked with students from West Point Military Academy, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Holy Cross College, Boston College, Williams College and others. Additionally, he served as chaplain at Arizona State University, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Ave Maria University, Bishop Verot Catholic High School, and Florida Gulf Coast University. He has organized young people for missions both in the United States and Mexico and developed a number of youth programs.
In addition to campus ministry, Fr. Michael has given many day, evening, weekend, and week-long retreats including the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
Fr. Michael is new to the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He was the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from December 1, 2015 till June 30, 2018. Additionally, Fr. Michael is the Director of Divine Mercy of the Rockies, which seeks to promote the message of Divine Mercy, exercise it in prayer, words and deeds, and explore the possibility of a Divine Mercy Shrine in Colorado.
Fr. Michael’s hobbies include nature photography, hiking, biking, kayaking, and working out. He enjoys listening to all genres of music, but prefers classical and especially baroque. He likes reading theology, history, and the works of JRR Tolkien.
His favorite saints include St. John Paul II and St. Faustina Kowalska.
Meet Our New Parochial Vicar
My name is Fr. Seán McCann and I will serve as the new parochial vicar for St. Patrick Catholic Church. I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself to the parish.
I was ordained to the priesthood in 2016 for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Home for me is just an hour north, up in Parker, CO. I attended the local Jesuit high school and then decided to enter the seminary upon graduation. It was during my high school years, by way of God’s grace working through friends and priest mentors, that I came to more fully embrace the incredible gift Christ gave to the world with the Catholic Church founded upon the rock of Peter. Becoming ever more aware of the true life that the Sacraments bring to those authentically seeking holiness and confronted with the immense 2000 years of Catholic tradition, I began to read more and more. It was in this context that I began to read the works of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). Reading his works, spending greater time in prayer before our Lord truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and with greater exposure to the age-old liturgical tradition of the holy Roman Catholic Church, that I sensed a calling to be priest – one to offer sacrifice on behalf of the people – one to conform himself evermore to Christ crucified day in and day out.
My seminary studies first took me to Nebraska for philosophy and then to the Eternal City of Rome for theology. Upon completing these studies, Bishop Sheridan asked that I continue in school for a few more years to acquire a license in Canon Law, which I just completed this past semester. It is with great joy that I return to Colorado and am able to serve you at St. Patrick. You have all been in my prayers; please keep me in yours. I look forward to meeting all of you. AMDG
Fr. Seán McCann