Michael John Poirier
After exchanging vows in 1994 John and his wife Mary consecrated their marriage to be formed under the care of Our Lady of Guadalupe and dedicated themselves to helping build up and encourage families in the Church. After almost twenty-five years they’re still serving the Church through a non-profit corporation called Holy Family Apostolate – presenting missions, concerts, and Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration at parishes, military bases, classrooms, hospitals, and in homes.
They highlight the power of the sacraments and how God still calls, renews, and equips his people to change the world – especially by the way they love and live the faith we claim to hold. All stories, songs, testimonies, and reflections are kept ‘under the veil’ of the teaching magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
John is 58 years old and still recalls his father’s piano playing when he went to bed at night. He savored his melodies as they drifted through the walls into his room. Sometimes he thinks he got the copyright for his melodies that were planted in his heart. He was certainly ‘praying’ the keys; something he tries to imitate on guitar.
He lived and studied with the Western Province Dominicans at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. After two plus years in simple vows as a cooperator brother, he discerned religious life was not his calling. 30 days later, while offering a concert in Arizona, he met Mary Cook and they were engaged not long after.
For the last 23 years their family has served Catholic communities across the country and in Europe.
He really hopes to write a book called: “The Tale of Two Parishes” with stories from what we have observed regarding how a parish is primarily doing one of two things; building a kingdom – or building the kingdom.
August 14, 2017, he was asked by a priest friend if he would consider leading music at the parish where he is in residence in Phoenix. Mary and John both felt open so as of August 2017, he officially became the Music and Family Life Coordinator at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Phoenix.
John and Mary are still ‘tending’ the fire God ignited in each of us to serve, encourage, and build up the body of Christ. While most of their time will be focused on members of this faith community, they still plan on offering retreats, days of reflection, and Holy Hours with a focus on HOME EVENTS. Their work for the larger church community continues.
They are most grateful for those of you who have walked with them; some of you for over 20 years now! They’re excited to share their ‘new approach’ in how our apostolate may be poised to reach and help many more souls –