Raised in the Catholic Faith, Michael encountered Jesus in a transformative way while at a conference with his parish youth group. This encounter with Christ led him to study Theology and Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discern the priesthood for 3 years as a seminarian for the Diocese of Phoenix, and earn his master’s at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington DC. He now serves as the Coordinator of the John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture. In July of 2017, Michael married his lovely wife, Rachel, and they have two beautiful children – Magdalena (2 ½) and Joseph (1). Michael is a basketball afficionado, could live off of Ramen noodles, and loves to rap.