Michael (Mike) Garr

Year Joined MKLM: 2017
Country: Kenya
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After completing language school, Mike hopes to get involved with Project HOPE (Helping Orphans Pursue Education). This international health education and humanitarian assistance organization helps children who are orphaned and/or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. He also hopes to work with street children in Kenya and possibly participate in prison ministry.

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Mike was a parishioner at St. Michaels in Grand Ledge, MI, in the Diocese of Lansing, and was part of their Just Faith program. He attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Hudson High School in Hudson, MI. Mike received his Culinary Apprentice Certificate from Greenbrier Culinary Program and worked as a chef and Customer Development Specialist for Gordon Food Services for 30 years. He has previously led retreats for Catholic singles, volunteered at a homeless shelter, and has been on mission trips to Guatemala, Colombia and Belize. He has three adult children and twin granddaughters.

Mike retired from Gordon Food Services the week before departing for the MKLM orientation program. He had begun discerning a few years before, after having taken an online survey with Catholic Charities. Mike would spend an hour a week in the chapel and writing in his journal, and was often unsure of what do with his future. One day, he decided to give Maryknoll Lay Missioners a look, having previously heard Maryknoll priest Father Brian Barrons speak at his church. A sense of peace came over him and it was then that he worked with Father Brian to fill out the application in October of 2016. Mike decided that God was telling him what to do, and he did not want to say no to this calling and a great opportunity.