|Rev. James Cronk
I grew up in St. James Parish in Ferndale and attended grade school there. I was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Detroit in 1969 after attending Sacred Heart Major Seminary for high school and college. I completed by theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Plymouth. My first assignment as an associate pastor was at St. Angela’s parish in Roseville, followed by St. Paul’s in Grosse Pointe Farms. I was pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes in Waterford for 12 years, the founding pastor of St. James the Greater in Novi for 14 years, and pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs for 6 years. One of the great experiences of my life was being given a sabbatical from Cardinal Szoka to study at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1987. I came to St. Owen in July of 2009 where I encountered a very warm, welcoming congregation that has a wealth of strengths and strong Christian dedication. I feel privileged to follow so many wonderful priests who have served this parish and enriched it with their spirituality and devotion. My faithful little companion Joey is the most recent in a long line of Dachshunds whose companionship I have enjoyed since childhood. He especially enjoys the backyard, chasing squirrels and wondering how the deer got to be so tall!
|Judy Moenck, Secretary
Hello and welcome to St. Owen’s website. As the person who answers the phone, greets you at the door, opens the mail and responds to email and correspondence, I most want to convey the warmth of our parish community and how much we appreciate your membership in our parish family. If you are a visitor to this site, I would be delighted to hear from you.Dean and I have been members of St. Owen since 2000. We have one son living in D.C. We have and continue to serve in St. Owen ministries. Since we find our participation rewarding and meaningful, I would encourage all members to find a ministry within the community and support it with your time and talent.I hail from Marquette, MI and Dean from Iowa. I had a fortunate career path with AT&T that moved us to Kansas City, New Jersey (twice), Dallas and Houston.On a daily basis, I serve as Fr. Cronk’s admin helper, support the parish ministries, staff, bulletin editor and ambassador to parish members and community. Do not hesitate to stop in the parish office or call. I look forward to meeting you and serving you.
|Karen Heuer, Christian Services
Hi, my name is Karen Heuer and I am happy to serve our faith community now in the role of Christian Service Director. I grew up in this parish, as my parents were founding members of St. Owen. For sixteen years, I worked with children at St. Owen in the role of DRE. I am married to my husband Bob and we have five grown children and seven grandchildren. My undergraduate work was at University of Michigan, and my graduate studies were from Wayne State University. I have also attended Sacred Heart Seminary. We have a wonderful faith community at St. Owen. Mother Theresa, considered an expert on living a Christian life, lived a life of service through love and compassion. In so doing, she gave the world a message and a prescription for peace and happiness. She said “Don’t ever forget whom you are touching. That person is Christ, your brother or sister in the distressing disguise of the poor. Serve that person with compassion. That is your purpose in life. That is how you will be judged.” We are all called to be the hands and feet of Christ and I look forward to working with you to see how much we can accomplish, reaching out to love and serve others both within the parish, and in the wider community. You can reach me at (248) 626-2320 or email@example.com
|Eva Ashor, Business Manager
“Dzien Dobry” (Hello), my name is Eva Ashor and I am St. Owen’s Bookkeeper and the Business Manager (Certified by Archdiocese of Detroit in 2011.) I have been working here at St. Owen since the summer of 2002, and so far it has been a wonderful journey. I was born and raised in Poland and moved to United States in 2000. I met my husband while spending summer in Kalamazoo as an exchange student. We have two beautiful sons Nicholas and Anthony. At first I thought of my job here as a temporary escape from the cold corporate world, where words like “fairness’ and “justice” have been redefined. I was planning to stay here until I found my way back into the business world, since I had graduated from the Academy of Economics in Poznan, Poland, majoring in finance and monetary policy. However, I never did and soon discovered why I was here. My work is not a job; it has become a ministry which has made my life so much more meaningful. I am growing every day in my faith and understanding of the most important truths in life. I’ve learned that the Church isn’t just a religious institution, a building, or a Sunday obligation – here, I see the Church as her people and their remarkable gifts. I can’t describe what a wonderful blessing it is to be part of St. Owen Community. It is a true joy witnessing your dedication, generosity, goodness and love. “It is in giving that we receive.”
|Patrick Paddock, Director of Music Ministry Musical Greetings! My name is Patrick Paddock and I serve as the Director of Music Ministry here at St. Owen. My faith journey with you began on August 1, 2016. My prior experience includes serving the people of St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Riverview, MI as Director of Worship and Music Ministries; teaching music to grades Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI and even a stint in North Las Vegas serving the faithful of St. John Neuman Roman Catholic Church as their Director of Liturgy and Pastoral Music. I graduated from Madonna University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in Church Music, Music Education and a minor in Elementary Education. Currently, I am a student at Sacred Heart Major Seminary working towards a Certificate in Catholic Theology.
As we journey forward, it is my hope and prayer that the music we proclaim brings people into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ! See you in Church.
|Jarrod Dillon, Director of Religious Formation
Hello, my name is Jarrod Dillon and I am the new religious formation director here at St. Owen. I am a native of Jackson, Michigan and have spent most of my time in the Diocese of Lansing. Over the last ten years I have been active in the church both in adult and youth catechesis. I have helped out with RCIA and have worked as a religious education catechist. I spent two years (07-09) as a seminarian for my diocese at Sacred Heart Seminary. Before coming here I was the DRE at Our Lady of Fatima church in Michigan Center. I look forward to getting to know everyone here at St. Owen and hope to meet everyone soon. The best way to reach me is through email at JarrodDillon@hotmail.com. May God continue to bless and keep you!
|Mary Mills, Director of Youth Ministry
My name is Mary Mills. I joined the St. Owen staff as co-director of the Youth Ministry in 2005. Before 2005, I was heavily involved in volunteering and learning “the ropes” for Youth Group. I have also been a catechism teacher at St. Owen for many years. Currently, through the AOD, I am in the process of obtaining my certification for Youth Ministry. I also have a Masters Degree in Counseling which I acquired when I worked as an Occupational Therapist (in another lifetime). I am very pleased to be working with our teens here at St. Owen and help them grow stronger in their faith and provide opportunities for them to be God’s hands within their community. I have been married since 1981 and have two children.
|Alex Brown, Maintenance
Hi, I’m Alex. I joined St. Owen’s team in 2011 after working four years at English Gardens. I grew up in Royal Oak having graduated from Dondero High School.I am a Tigers fanatic and appreciate my time on the golf course and sitting in the deer blind in chilly November weather. Also, I enjoy the up north weekends with family and friends.