Welcome Fr. Goodyear!
Fr. Michael Goodyear was born on a military base on the Solemnity of Christ the King. His parents Frank and Regina are deceased and he has four siblings. His oldest brother, Robert, and youngest sister, Kathleen, also followed Christ in vocations. After growing up in Ohio, Fr. Michael began a career in Industrial Design. But in his second year, during a lunch hour Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, he sensed God’s call to serve Him, which eventually led him to pursue the priesthood. His priestly studies began at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana with the Benedictines and continued with the Legionaries of Christ in Connecticut, Salamanca, Spain and Rome, Italy where he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian Seminary and the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Seminary. Fr. Michael completed his studies and was ordained to the priesthood on November 25, 1994. Fr. Michael spent twenty years in campus ministry at the high school and college levels. This ministry has taken him to various parts of the country: New Haven, Washington DC, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, and Fort Myers. Through the College COMPASS program, he worked with students from West Point Military Academy, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Holy Cross College, Boston College, and others. Additionally, he served as chaplain at Arizona State University, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Ave Maria University, Bishop Verot Catholic High School, and Florida Gulf Coast University. He has organized young people for missions both in the United States and Mexico and developed a number of youth programs. In addition to campus ministry, Fr. Michael has given many day, evening, weekend, and weeklong retreats including the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Fr. Michael is new to the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He was the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from December 1, 2015 till June 30, 2018 and more recently at St. Patrick Parish. Additionally, Fr. Michael is the Director of Divine Mercy of the Rockies, which seeks to promote the message of Divine Mercy, exercise it in prayer, words and deeds, and open a Divine Mercy Shrine in Colorado operated by the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus. Fr. Michael’s hobbies include nature photography, hiking, biking, kayaking, and working out. He enjoys listening to all genres of music but prefers classical and especially baroque. He likes reading theology, history, and the works of JRR Tolkien. His favorite saints include St. John Paul II and St. Faustina Kowalska.