The Parish Council Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following candidates up for Parish Council Election. Parishioners who have not voted in-person during the Annual Meeting may vote online below between May 22, 2016 and 1:00PM June 5, 2016; results will be announced shortly after that time. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to vote for up to 4 candidates who will serve on the Parish Council for a three-year term beginning July, 2016. We thank all of the candidates who offered their services.
Deacon Leo Bistak
I have served on parish or pastoral councils nearly constantly since 1976, in parishes ranging from 2700 families in Sterling Heights, MI to one with 200 families in Toledo, Ohio, and all sorts of sizes in between. Since ordination in 1983 it has been as a staff person, usually with a voice and no vote. I have worked on constitutions for pastoral and parish councils. During my Doctor of Ministry program I took courses in Pastoral Leadership and Management, courses required for ministers, but not often for Catholic Pastors, which was rather interesting. In addition, I do have an MBA in general management. Including time at University of Detroit worshiping in the chapel, have been in 12 parishes in my life, due to moves and sometime assignments. We have been in parishes where the attitude was if you have not been here for 30 years. We have been in very welcoming places, as well. Being part of the council is a way to have some voice in the forward movement of the parish. It is also where I have been able to help keep the parish aware of other Church happenings which make and one parish part of the Church as a whole, whether diocesan Church or Universal. Nancy and I have been married since 1968 and are the parents of two daughters.
I would like to continue to be a part of Parish Council to provide my gifts of technical know-how and devotion to my faith.
I have been a member of St. Malachi’s since 1988. I was attracted strongly to the Parish’s Mission and sense of community as well as to its liturgical life at that time. I felt St. Malachi’s enfleshed a great deal of the best of our Catholic faith. I still feel this way and want to contribute to our parish’s continuing life and mission.
I have been on Parish Council for the last three years. It has been a growth -full and challenging experience for me which I have enjoyed overall. I served as Vice-chair last year and currently serve as Chair of Council. If the Parish wants me to serve a second term on Council, I would be glad to contribute what I can to the on-going work of Council. It’s an honor to be part of a very good group of people who are really dedicated to our parish. Pat Masterson
I have received many gifts during my tenure at St. Malachi’s. These gifts include guidance in deepening my spirituality and my relationship with God. My understanding of the Catholic Church and its teachings have greatly increased from the Liturgies and education programs at St. Malachi. My awareness of social justice was very limited until I became involved in the Malachi ministries leading to change of my perspective on life. Perhaps the greatest gift is the friendships I have formed. Because of these gifts, it is time to give back to St. Malachi’s. I have the TIME to serve. I have TREASURE to give. I have many TALENTS to offer. I look forward to serving on St. Malachi’s Parish Council.