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.
Ben Ancona, Business Manager
Brian Ivan, Director Of Music
Brian Ivan has been a lifelong member of St. Blase, which is where his love of music began. He began his music studies with former St Blasé music director, Stephen Petrunak, as a child, and his passion for music and guitar called him to continue his music study in college, receiving a Bachelor and Master Degree of Music in Classical Guitar Performance. Brian's extensive education in classical guitar, choral music, and music theory, has given him many opportunities to share his passion for music with others.
St. Blase has a well-developed Music Program which includes five different music ministries, several accompanists, many talented cantors and over 130 ministering members. Brian 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 45 voice traditional choir). Voices a’Blase (another contemporary ensemble for young adults), Teens Loving Christ (a teen music ministry) and Disciples of Grace (a children's choir) utilize other directors which Brian 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 worshipping members is of greatest importance. The mentoring of youth in music ministry is also of highest priority.
Joe Wilseck, Christian Service Coordinator, RCIA
I entered the Catholic Church in my thirties at the invitation of a wonderful member of St. Blase. I began the RCIA journey in 1985 and shortly after completion of my sacraments at the Easter Vigil, I was asked to get involved in youth ministry by another member of St. Blase. Several years later I was invited by yet a third member of this parish to help with RCIA. Here I now am many years later certified in Youth Ministry and RCIA and a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and the Coordinator of RCIA, Confirmation, Youth & Young Adult Ministry. I guess you just never know when you will be called or who will help you hear that call. I am very glad I listened.
Jennifer Mathis, Bookkeeper
Sue Canales, Financial Assistant
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.
Kelly Sakorafos, Coordinator of Early Childhood P3-K5
Kelly Sakorafos is our Preschool Faith Formation Program Coordinator. Kelly, her husband and their two lovely daughters experienced our preschool faith formation program for 5 years when their daughters were preschool-aged. So she knows first-hand the dynamic program it was. Kelly is fun, cheerful, energetic, and very organized. She has previously served as a catechist, Summer School Crew Leader and Girl Scout leader. If you want to help her with this program by being an adult catechist or a teen catechist aide, you can contact Kelly directly.
Anne Krus, DRE/Coordinator of Family Program (Faith Formation): Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-8, Coordinator of Sacraments: First Eucharist, First Reconciliation
Anne Krus is the Director of Children’s Religious Education and Coordinator of the Faith Formation Program Grades 1-6, 7-8 and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Anne and her husband, Richard, have three children and have been members of St. Blase Parish for over 28 years. In addition to AOD Certifications -Director of Religious Education and Certified Catechist, Anne has a Master of Pastoral Counseling Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Bachelor Degree from Oakland University, Bachelor Degree from Cloverdale College in Religious Education. Because of her sincere commitment to faith development, Anne founded in 2003, Creative Teaching, LLC, a nationwide company, where she created, developed and published over 32 Catholic religious education classroom resources for Catholic school teachers and catechists.
"I am thrilled to be part of the faith formation team here at St. Blase. The program is designed to engage, support, and nurture children in their baptismal call to a lifetime of growing closer to and more like Jesus. I look forward to the opportunity to partner with you on this journey, working together in the faith development of your children.”
Lisa Grembi, Secretary, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
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.
Linda Wilkins, Secretary, Tuesday, Thursday
My husband and I have three children and we have been members of St. Blase for about 28 years. I have been a member of the VIP choir for 23 years and recently joined the Arts & Environment Committee. Besides church activities, I enjoy cooking, baking, knitting, crocheting, sewing and spending time with family.
Angelica Ramirez, Evening Secretary
Sarah Richard, Weekend Secretary
My name is Sarah Richard and I am the Sunday Secretary at St. Blase. I enjoy working in the office because I get to meet and see friendly parishioners every week and work with a wonderful group of people. Along with working in the office, I also sing in the church's Remnant choir, usher, and help out with our parish's Youth Group. Music has always been a passion of mine; most of the time you can find me singing a song, listening to music, or just humming a tune. Other things I love to do in my free time are going to Zumba classes, reading, riding my bicycle, and scrolling on my Facebook and Pinterest page. Currently I am attending Macomb Community College and exploring my interests and future career options
Tom Haas, Service Director