Michael Rozier, VHS Class of 1999 and son of Joe and Mary Clare Rozier, was ordained a Catholic priest in a ceremony at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and celebrated his first Mass at 10:30 a.m. in his home church in Ste. Genevieve on Sunday, June 15th.
The chalice Michael used at his first Mass was first used by Père Sebastian Meurin, SJ – a Jesuit missionary of the Illinois country in the mid-eighteenth century. He served at the Kaskaskia mission in 1742 and was the pastor of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church. Michael’s chasuable was a gift from his grandparents, Ralph and Aileen Portell, and was sewn by his high school principal, Sister Mary Luke Bauman.
As a college student at Saint Louis University, Mike first met the Jesuits, and their example would have a tremendous impact on his priestly vocation.
Active in campus liturgies, Mike pursued his pre-med studies vigorously, contributing to public health research projects while also playing French horn in the pep band and serving in student government.
After he graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Missioned next to Regis College at the University of Toronto, he earned a diploma in philosophical studies and spent a semester in El Salvador learning Spanish and engaging in Jesuit ministry.
He received a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2008 and then completed a five-month fellowship at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Michael was next missioned back to Saint Louis University for two and a half years of regency, where he taught global health and public health ethics. He was instrumental in designing the school’s first undergraduate curriculum in public health.
Studying since 2011 at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Massachusetts.
While in Boston, Michael was a contributor to The Jesuit Post, a website founded by Jesuit scholastics, and completed a fellowship for the study of professional ethics in Auschwitz.
Fr. Mike returned to Saint Louis University for the summer to serve at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church before beginning doctoral studies this fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
May the Lord bless Fr. Michael in his ministry. Your Valle family is proud of you.