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.
Ed McLeod, Deacon, RCIA Coordinator
Deacon Ed McLeod was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Detroit on October 4, 2003, which is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He was born on December 4, 1952 and raised in the Eight Mile and Gratiot area. St. Veronica Parish was his home parish for a few years until St. Leonard Parish was built. He was educated at both parish schools. Deacon Ed attended the University of Detroit and then completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a Minor in Pastoral Ministry at Madonna University. Deacon Ed then completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary prior to ordination in 2003. Currently Deacon Ed is working toward a certificate in Spiritual Direction.
Deacon Ed and Michele Marcotte (registered nurse) became the Sacrament of Marriage on October 1, 1988 and have one daughter Rebecca who completed a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. Deacon Ed has a love for Scripture, Liturgy, Prayer, and a devotion to care for the sick and those in mourning and to minister to them.
I believe that every follower of Jesus Christ has the duty to “Act justly, Love tenderly, and to Walk Humbly with their God” (Micah 6:8), which was the motto for our ordination class. All ministry seems to stem from that Scripture passage.
In addition to ministry, Deacon Ed enjoys reading, riding his bike, and spending time at the gym. He also has a love for Mackinac Island and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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 Blase 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). Brian also oversees the youth music ministry and cantor groups with the help of other directors and accompanists. 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.
Crystal Fox, Communications and Media Specialist
Crystal has been a parishioner of St. Blase since 2010. After her first career as a Math Teacher, Crystal decided to start her own business as an online educator for Do It Yourself home decor and budget renovations. From her experience building that business, she learned all the ins and outs of digital media and design. This experience comes in handy for all the various responsibilities here at St. Blase!
Jennifer Mathis, Bookkeeper
Sue Canales, Financial Assistant
Lucinda (Lucy), Parish Dog
Lucinda is a 5 year old 8 lb Mini Dachshund. She belongs to Brian and Crystal, but we suspect she likes Dr. Mary more. Her duties include running up and down the halls as fast as she can, getting treats from everyone in the office, finding sunshine spots to lounge in, laying in her many beds in the office, and patrolling the parish with her owners. She is a little nervous around new people and may even bark at you, but if you give her time she'll be your new best friend. She's more comfortable meeting new friends who are calm, quiet, and move slowly. If you visit, be sure to kneel and put your hand out so she can sniff, and she may just let you give her belly rubs!
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, Christian Service Coordinator
I 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 Weekend 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 and usher. 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.
Tom Haas, Service Director