Reverend Randall Phillips, Pastor
Fr. Randy Phillips was ordained a priest on December 10, 1983, which is the feast day of Thomas Merton. Born and raised on the west side, Fr. Randy's home parish is St. Agatha in Redford. Following four years at Sacred Heart Seminary Fr. Randy was sent to Rome to study theology. This resulted in his earning a doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1988.
My vision of leadership is neither to be out in front pulling people along not pushing from behind. I believe one leads from within the midst of the community. A continuous ring of concentric circles would be a good image of my style. I place a high priority on worship because the Sunday Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. This is where all ministry begins and to where all ministry returns. I also place a high priority on social justice, striving to seek first the Reign of God by standing with the poor, oppressed and the outcasts of our society and of our church.
In addition to serving as pastor, Fr. Randy is also an adjunct instructor of theology for Siena Heights University and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America . Fr. Randy enjoys eating out, working out, reading, and is an avid Red Wing and Tigers fan.
Stephen Petrunak, Director Of Music
Stephen Petrunak is the Director of Music at St. Blase Catholic Church. Stephen, a trained classical and jazz guitarist, has been involved in music ministry at St. Blase for over 30 years, having started as a teen playing in the 9:30 Folk Group. In July of 1994, Stephen became the Director of Music for the parish. St. Blase has a well-developed Music Program which includes five different music ministries, several accompanists, many talented cantors and over 150 ministering members. Stephen directs two of the music ministries within the Program the long-standing Remnant Music Ministry (a contemporary ensemble) and the Voices in Praise Choir (a 50 voice traditional choir). Voices a Blase (a young adult contemporary ensemble), Teens Loving Christ (a teen music ministry) and Kingdom Chorus (a children's choir) utilize other directors which Stephen oversees. The vision of music ministry at St. Blase includes the fullest sharing of gifts and talents of members of all ages from within the community. We strongly believe that the sung prayer belongs first and foremost to the community, and participation by all worshiping members is of greatest importance. The mentoring of youth in music ministry is also of highest priority.
2009 GMA Dove Award
Steve Petrunak was one of the nominees for the 2009 GMA Dove Award’s Instrumental Album of the Year for his collection "Love beyond All Measure".
Vince Schembri, Liturgical Assistant
Vince is well known in our parish and serves in many different ministries. His job is to help coordinate many of the services and activities in the parish. Vince is also asked to assist Dr. Mary Dumm and Fr. Randy in whatever might be needed. One reality of the priest shortage is the inability to follow-up with people in some situations because, more often than not, another critical need is calling for the pastor's attention. Vince's presence helps alleviate some of these predicaments.
Ashley Hursin, Youth Minister: Grades 7-8; Confirmation
Ashley Hursin serves as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Blase Parish. Having grown up in Canton, MI, Ashley is excited to begin a new adventure on the Eastside of town. Through completing the RCIA process when she was 14 and attending the high school youth ministry program at St. John Neumann, her love for the Lord and for youth ministry flourished. When she graduated from high school, she attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology while focusing on Religious Education and Youth Ministry. After completing her degree in the summer of 2014, She served with NET Ministries of Canada as a missionary youth minister to help implement a foundation for long-lasting youth ministry at Christ the Redeemer Parish in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Ashley is excited bring her love and joy for the Lord and ministry experience to St. Blase. Besides her love for youth ministry, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, shopping, and “pinning” on Pinterest.
Tara Revyn, Communications/Media Specialist
Tara Revyn has been a member of St. Blase since 2002. She became a member after completing the RCIA program and then became a sponsor herself. Tara has a son who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and who also became a member of St. Blase before sponsoring a young man who also went through the RCIA program. Tara has a bachelor's degree from Oakland University in Business Administration and Marketing. She has experience in advertising, marketing and sales from Doner, Greater Media and Comcast Spotlight. She is excited to bring new and fresh ideas to St. Blase to help develop digital media resources to support growth and evangelization. Tara is the editor of The Flame, coordinates communications for the parish, and designs graphics.
Dr. Mary Dumm, Pastoral Associate
Mary Dumm is our Pastoral Associate and came to St. Blase after having ministered in the Archdiocese for twenty years. First as a High School teacher, then as a Director of Religious Formation and Pastoral Associate, Mary is committed to lay ministry in the Church. Mary's background is in Scripture, Liturgy and Sacraments. She was educated at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame and Sacred Heart Major Seminary and received her Doctorate in Ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Her dissertation is entitled, "Adult Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church: Conviction or Convention?"
I believe that each of us is called in some wonderful way to build up the Reign of God.
In addition to her ministry at St. Blase, Mary enjoys teaching for Siena Heights University. Just for fun, she loves to read, work out and when there's time cross-stitch and just lay in the sun.
Ben Ancona, Business Manager
Joseph Wilseck, Coordinator of RCIA,
II am so happy to be a part of the Parish Staff here at St. Blase. It’s been such a welcoming environment. I have two teenage children who keep me very busy with all of their activities. When I can find time, I love reading, cooking and spending time with my family.
Barb Ziarko, Bookkeeper
Tom Haas, Service Director