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May 2022 Update
My heart overflows with gratitude that we have reached our goal to cover my legal expenses as I ask the Vatican to hear my recourse. The gratitude I experience is expressed in my constant prayers for all of you.
Because of the generosity of many and especially of a select few, I am confident that we have the sufficient funds to see the Vatican recourse to its conclusion. As I mentioned in an earlier update, I am asking the Vatican to review the grounds stated for my removal as pastor.
Our Lord continues to multiply His graces in my priesthood. I thank all of you for your generous gifts, for your prayers, and for your words of affirmation and encouragement. I love Jesus! I love His priesthood! And I love Holy Mother Church!
The timeline for the Vatican recourse could be as long as two to three years. If you would like to continue to support me financially, please make the check payable to Fr. Michael Suhy and mail it to: Father Michael Suhy, 47933 Wadebridge, Canton, MI 48187
In Jesus and Mary,
December 23, 2021 –
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Peace of Jesus in your heart and on your lips!
At a Call to Holiness event this past year, I was so touched by all the love, prayers, and support I received from God’s holy people. A young mom came up to me to assure me that she and her family prayed for me every day. My heart was deeply moved as the Lord gave me a glimpse of how His Grace has moved and worked through my priesthood for the building up of His people.
Another great grace I received this past year came when our Lord reminded me of something that took place during Holy Mass as I was moving from pro-life missionary work to the seminary over twenty years ago. My spiritual father wanted me to first go to a catholic college to learn philosophy and then after my college was finished, he would help me discern a Diocese or religious order. During a Holy Mass at the Madonna College Chapel in 1994, I was very anxious and worried about how I was going to pay for four years of college tuition and room and board. As I wrestled with worry, I heard our Blessed Mother’s voice for the first time. She said to me: “Michael, if you can’t trust me in little things, when will you ever learn to trust me in big things?” I responded: “I don’t know what this trust is, but I will trust you.” Right after Holy Mass, the priest who had offered it wanted to speak to me. He had heard that I was on the way to seminary. Not even five minutes into the conversation, he pledged to pay for my four years of college.
Our Lord reminded me of this great grace because this new season in my priesthood is one of those big things Mother Mary spoke of. Our Lord helped me to understand that if I don’t trust Him and His Holy Mother, I will not make it through this. Learning to trust and renew my trust in the Lord has brought me to a place of awe and wonder that the Lord has allowed me to go through such a trial! I’m learning to become grateful for the trials of life and to remain hungry to see the good the Lord will bring from all of this. For the first time in my life, my heart doesn’t shake with fear before the crosses that are a part of every human life.
I’ve been so blessed by my spiritual father. I proposed a rhythm of life to him so that I might receive his blessing. My spiritual father wants me to seize this opportunity to grow more deeply in my priesthood that I might become better equipped to serve God’s holy people. My days are filled with prayer, work, and study. Every time I have the opportunity to offer Holy Mass in a Church or to sit in a confessional, the Holy Spirit confirms His calling on my life. I love being a priest of Jesus Christ!
Because of your prayers and support, my recourse to the Vatican is moving forward. I am so grateful to Mother Church that there is a way for me to respectfully ask Mother Church to examine the details of my removal as pastor. There is no strict timeline to how long the recourse will take: it may be for another year or two.
I am so grateful for all the love, prayers, and support I’ve received from you over this past year. I encourage you during this holy season of Advent to place your trust daily in the Lord and His Holy Mother. Start with the little things of life: place them in our Lord’s hands, ask His Mother’s intercession, and allow heaven to move mightily on your behalf.
Mother Mary transformed the grotto of Bethlehem into a royal palace that overflowed with glory, light, warmth, and love! Imagine what she will do if you entrust your heart to her!
May our sweet Savior be welcomed into warm, loving, and pure hearts on Christmas Day as we praise and thank our Father for the gift of His Son, our Savior!
Be assured of my prayers for you and your family!
In Jesus and Mary,
47933 Wadebridge Dr
Canton, MI 48187
p.s. I post my homilies almost every day. If you would like to listen to them, here is the link: https://frclementsuhy.libsyn.com/
Facts Surrounding Father Michael Suhy’s Removal as Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel
By Ron Thompson
As a Catholic man, a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and Chair of the Parish Finance Council, I cannot in good conscience sit back and do nothing about the unjust removal of Fr. Michael Suhy as our pastor.
Speaking as a long-time parishioner:
- Fr. Michael has enjoyed an excellent reputation in the Archdiocese since April of 2011. This reputation earned him an invitation to join the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Detroit just last fall of 2019. His good esteem among priests and laity alike quickly made him one of the spiritual directors for Sacred Heart Seminary. During the pandemic, Fr. Michael continued to maintain his excellent reputation for his strong leadership from Dearborn to Ypsilanti.
- Fr. Suhy’s strong leadership quickly made possible an outdoor altar which allowed the Parish’s priests to offer the Holy Mass in our parking lot since May. The attendance at parking lot Masses and indoor Masses was bursting at the seams. As a parishioner, I have been edified by Fr. Michael’s zeal and creativity in serving God’s people all while in the midst of a terrible pandemic.
- The support of parishioners for Fr. Suhy’s leadership is evident in the Sunday offertory. Parishioners were showing their support of their pastor’s leadership through generous support of the parish’s mission. As of November 17, 2020, the Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel was $79,000 ahead of budget in terms of weekly offerings. A man who fails at being a pastor is not capable of presiding over such an economic success – during the midst of a pandemic and half-empty churches for that matter!
- The families of over a hundred children that were confirmed by Fr. Michael during the pandemic bear witness to his joyful and steady ministry.
- The families of over a hundred First Communicants bear witness to the same.
- The parish school is thriving. Enrollment is increasing. Fr. Michael as pastor had an almost daily presence on the school campus. He spent every Wednesday morning serving our parish school and ensured the presence of the associates in the school as well.
Speaking as the OLGC Finance Council Chair:
- Fr. Michael joyfully endeared himself and gave himself selflessly to all parishioners.
- Fr. Michael was not overwhelmed with the administration of our large parish with its school as accused. I say this, because I have closely collaborated with Fr. Michael in the formulation of the budget for the 2020/2021 Fiscal Year and have witnessed his leadership in various Meetings.
- Fr. Michael responsibly cut the operating expenses of the parish 20% in order to strongly lead the parish through a pandemic.
- Fr. Michael collaborated with the principal of the school to reverse a five-year trend. He was able to cut the parish subsidy to the school by 40%
Speaking as the lead civil attorney for Fr. Michael:
- The evidence touted by the Archdiocese of Detroit in support of his removal is more than questionable: It is concocted and it is specious. It includes (I do not jest): that the associate pastors Fr. Tim Wezner and Fr. Tony Camilleri were not consulted when Fr. Michael – the pastor -- decided to get a dog for himself; that Fr. Suhy left sporting events “early”; and that Fr. Suhy didn’t rely upon Zillow.com for calculating the square footage of his rectory, instead preferring Redfin.com.
- Fr. Tim Wezner, as of last weekend playing dumb, was actually directed by, and worked with, Msgr. Bugarin to gather any adverse feelings and information he could about Fr. Michael that could support an argument for his removal as pastor. It was only after Fr. Michael requested to see the actual supposed evidence against him that the Archdiocese was compelled to disclose its claims. This included multiple communications from Fr. Wezner acknowledging the foregoing. The day Fr. Michael was physically removed, Fr. Tim apparently was at the door of the church with his cell phone, waiting to call the Archdiocese to come get him – all too eagerly. That says it all.
- As the civil attorney for Fr. Michael Suhy, I believe, as does my client, that he was removed after vocally objecting and expressing deep concern – repeatedly – against the whitewashing of the sexual harassment and attempted grooming and homosexual indoctrination that parents of a young man had informed both the Archbishop and Fr. Suhy of. The fact that the Archbishop of Detroit selectively fires lesbian employees but decides to keep very close to him known male homosexual staff is not only unconscionable, it is hypocritical.
- Some think it is “impossible” for the Archbishop of Detroit, the current Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to cover up for the grave misconduct of one of his own younger and prominent homosexual staffers. If one reads the McCarrick Report recently issued by the Vatican, nothing remains inconceivable.
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