From Fr. Mark:
It is with great joy that I announce the new
Administrator of St. Mary Parish and School:
Fr. David Fons!
Fr. Fons sent this message and answered some questions for our school students:
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary,
I am honored and excited to be named as your next pastor. I’d like to send my Easter greetings with joy, even in these severely challenging times. The Lord Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over sin and death. We can rejoice in His victory even as we continue to suffer under these difficult conditions.
Just a little bit about myself: I am from Ann Arbor and I entered seminary out of high school. I studied at St. John Vianney Seminary in Minnesota for four years and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for another four years. I was greatly blessed at both and was ordained almost five years ago now, in June of 2015.
I love being a priest, celebrating Mass, and assisting people in their search for God’s mercy and love. I really enjoy playing sports, running and hiking, and reading classic literature.
I’m currently reading the Italian classic (in English though) called ‘The Betrothed,’ which is a novel about some fictional characters in a historical plague in Milan (very similar to us today!).
I’m struck by one of the themes of the book which is a trust in God’s providence. We can’t control everything and God doesn’t want us to try. Rather, trusting in God means that our lives are united to Him, even in suffering, just as He united Himself to us and suffered and died that we might live.
I’d like to thank Fr. Rutherford for his kindness and encouragement already since learning of this new assignment, and I look forward to meeting all of you very soon. Know of my prayers for you and I humbly ask for all of yours.
Fr. David Fons
I attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN for philosophy studies and Sacred Heart Major Seminary for theology. In Minnesota, I learned what a ‘hot dish’ was (it’s a casserole), and in Detroit, I learned what the best kind of pizza is (Detroit style of course).
Date of Ordination: June 20, 2015
Who influenced you to consider the vocation to the priesthood?
A number of people helped me in considering the priesthood. Firstly, my parents both encouraged me to be open to God’s plan and to not be afraid to follow it. My childhood pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, has a great love of the priesthood and the Eucharist that helped form mine. And my first seminary rector, Fr. Bill Baer, taught me how to love the Church through a faithful love coming from a relationship with Jesus.
What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject was recess, followed by math and history.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People might be surprised to know that one of my favorite things is climbing up (small) mountains or towers in any area I go to.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy sports like baseball, football, and basketball, as well as running and hiking. I also often read novels and watch good movies.
What are some of your favorite books?
Some of my favorite books include ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘The Hobbit,’ CS Lewis’ ‘Till We Have Faces,’ and Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited.’
Which saint is a hero to you?
One of my Saint heroes is St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans. He was a man known for his joy and his love of speaking about Jesus and the Gospel.
What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?
Some of my greatest joys as a priest come through the sacraments, and especially the celebration of Holy Mass and the hearing of confessions. I also greatly enjoy working with students and youth groups.
The students here at St. Mary are excited to meet you. What are you most looking forward to as being a pastor of a school?
I am also really looking forward to meeting all of you. I am most looking forward saying Mass for all of you, and for getting to know you and the ways that God is working in your lives.
Thanks so much for your welcome. Remember that God is always there for us, even when we are in hard times. We can turn to God and ask Him to know more of His great love for each of us.
Fr. David Fons