Fr. Michael Denk was ordained into the priesthood for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 12, 2007. He received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, with a specialization in video and audio production, from Cleveland State University in 2001.
Fr. Michael is dedicated to helping others encounter Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist, preaching, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spiritual direction and prayer. He is devoted to the poor, especially in Africa and El Salvador where he has led several mission trips. Through the Global Fellows program, he has visited Madagascar and Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services.
With a focus in communications, Fr. Michael incorporates new media into his ministries. He not only came up with the concept but was the chief architect in the development of a mobile application called The EXAMEN App, which assists people to connect with God throughout their day. Besides creating content produced and distributed through The Prodigal Father Productions, Fr. Michael has authored articles published in various Catholic magazines.
Fr. Michael is the author of the book, app, and program: “Pray40Days: The Personal Relationship with God You’ve Always Wanted.” He created this as a way for people to experience meditation and contemplation. Pray40Days guides you through different types of meditative and contemplative prayer.
Fr. Michael has recently been given a leave of absence to follow his religious calling with the group Voluntas Dei Institute. The apostolic objective of the Voluntas Dei Institute is “to create peace and brotherhood in Jesus Christ.” The institute’s workplace is the whole world: “Wherever Christ has His rights.” A missionary spirit must animate members wherever they witness, whether home or abroad.