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"Father Michael Denk's presentation at the June 2014 First Friday Forum of Lorain County, "Prayer, There's an App for That" is an engaging, entertaining, spiritual and informative presentation. Father Mike's approach to spirituality reaches out to all ages, but in particular to our younger generation, who are the future of the Church."

                   -Ellen Ranaudo
                   (Coordinator of the First Friday Forum of Lorain County)

Biography


Born May 15, 1979

One of Six Children 

Home Parish: Holy Family Parish, Parma

Previous Assignment: St. Barnabas, Northfield - Parochial Vicar

Current Assignment: St. Joseph, Amherst - Parochial Vicar

Catholic Relief Services: The Global Fellows Preaching Program

Education:


Holy Family Grade School in Parma, OH

Valley Forge High School in Parma, OH

Bachelors of Communications with a Specialization in Video and Audio Production, Cleveland State University

Master of Divinity, Saint Mary Seminary, Wickliffe, OH

Master of Arts, Saint Mary Seminary, Wickliffe, OH

Thesis: "Christology in the Mystics: Coming to Know, Love, and Serve Christ through John the Evangelist, Theresa of Avila, and Ignatius of Loyola."

Vocation within Vocation: 


Fr. Denk is heard regularly on “Living Bread Radio”: "Daily Scripture Reflections" and the "Faith with Father" series on the YOUCat.  Fr. Michael writes prolifically and has published articles for “The Priest” magazine, Crisis Magazine, Shalom Tidings, and commissioned to publish the Holy Week Reflections for “Homiletics and Pastoral Review”, as well as a regular contributor to The Mute Swan: a Contemplative Journal of Beauty. Fr. Denk continues to use the media to proclaim the Message of the Gospel. You can read and listen his homilies and reflections every week at TheProdigalFather.org

Fr. Michael is dedicated to helping others encounter Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist, Preaching, Confession, Spiritual Direction, and Prayer. He is devoted to the poor especially in Africa and El Salvador where he has been on numerous mission trips. Maintaining this bond with the poor is important so he continues to be a mentor for Catholic Relief Services: Global Fellows Parish Homily Program which allows him to continue to help others encounter Christ in the poor. Fr. Michael Denk is dedicated to the Right to Life cause and has presented “Lessons from Rwanda for America’s Abortion Holocaust.” He has presented many talks and missions including "Contemplative Prayer: Praying with Word, Icon, and Nature." “Spiritual Reading,” “Discernment of Spirits,” and “Christology in the Mystics.” His current mission is based on the movement "Deeper Prayer... there's an app for that!"

In 2014, Fr. Michael launched his latest venture, a non-profit organization called “The Prodigal Father Productions”.  TheProdigalFatherProductions.org The non-profit’s tagline is "God’s Love, Graciously Given" and its mission is to provide programming, educational tools, and training utilizing existing and new media to bring forth personal awareness, well being, mental health, spiritual growth through deeper prayer, worldwide.

He has released his first app "ExAMEN" which is available on iTunes and the Google Play store for all iOS and Android devices. The app is designed to help people always be connected to God and be reminded to pray throughout the day. http://www.theprodigalfatherproductions.org/app/ 


Upcoming Presentations:

February 28th-march 3rd
All the masses and Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night from 7-8pm
Tuesday night communal penance service 8pm.
St. Joseph
200 St. Joseph Dr. '
Amherst, OH 44001
440.988.2848 

February 14-17
Parish Mission (CANCELLED)
Ellen Munnelly
Mary Help of Christians Church
5980 University Drive,
Parkland, Florida 33067


March 7-10th 20-15
Parish Mission (CANCELLED)
Saint Mary, Mother of God Church
19 Cherry Tree Farm Road
Middletown, NJ 07748 | Tel: 732-671-0071


Previous Parish Mission and Speaking Engagements: 

February 5th
First Friday Club of Cleveland
"Prayer: There's an App for That!"
http://www.firstfridayclubcleveland.org/ 

December 13-16, 2014
Parish Mission 
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church
303 South Navy Blvd.
Pensacola Florida, 32507
850-455-0356
Fax 850-453-5109



Saturday 11/1 (Private) 
Deacon Aspirants 

Tuesday November 18th @7pm
"Theologically Speaking"
"Prayer: There's an App for That!"
St. Vincent de Paul Church
41295 N Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 324-4212


Monday 10/13 (Private) 
Staff Retreat Day 
St. Mary, Vermillion, OH

Friday 10/17 @12:30
Dr. Ray Guarendi, well known Child Psychologist (www.drray.com) will be filming the next season of his hit show "Living Right With Dr Ray" which will air on EWTN in the coming months.
-Fr. Michael Denk - Inventor of the Examen App.
To reserve your seat(s):
Contact Janet 330.806.3651 or tclark2@neo.rr.com.

Saturday 10/18 @ 3:30 
"Called to Man up" 
Walsh Jesuit High School 
4550 Wyoga Lake Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224
(330) 929-4205

“Prayer – There’s an APP for That!”

June 6, 2014 ▪ 11:30 -1:00pm



FIRST FRIDAY FORUM LORAIN COUNTY…caring enough to learn more…

Rev. Michael J. Denk

Parochial Vicar
St. Joseph Parish, Amherst

“Gathered and called by the Word, the Church is the sign and instrument of the communion that God creates with all people, and every priest is called to build up this communion, in Christ and with Christ.

Responding adequately to this challenge amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts.” (“The Priest & Pastoral ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word” Pope Benedict XVI)

Fr. Denk will share his experience and gift for communication, and use of the new media, to help us all encounter Christ in the midst of our everyday life. Bring your iPhones, iPads, Android devices too, and be prepared to learn about a new way to use the latest technologies to help spread the Good News!


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Fr. Michael J. Denk was ordained for the diocese of Cleveland on May 12, 2007. He is currently serving his second assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph in Amherst, OH. Fr. Michael received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, OH. He received a Bachelors Degree in Communications, with a specialization in Video and Audio Production from Cleveland State University in 2001. He is regularly on “Living Bread Radio,” is on the board and contributes articles for “The Mute Swan: a Contemplative Journal of Beauty”. He has published articles for “The Priest” magazine, and continues to use the media to proclaim the Message of the Gospel. You can read more of his homilies and reflections at fathermichaeldenk.blogspot.com


Lorain County Community College
Spitzer Conference Center in Elyria, Ohio
Luncheon Buffet: 11:30 am ▪ Speaker: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
$17.00 per reservation
RESERVATION DEADLINE: 3:00 pm, Friday, May 30th!
Please mail your $17 check to:
First Friday Forum of Lorain County, 320 Middle Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035
or call the reservation line at 440-244-0643 or e-mail ffflorain@gmail.com



Ascension Catholic Church, Boca Raton, Florida.
March 29-April 2nd, 2014  

ADDRESS: 7250 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida 33487
PARISH OFFICE PHONE: (561) 997-5486
PARISH OFFICE FAX: (561) 997-5862
OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Friday: 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday: 9 am to 1 pm
EMAIL: ascensioncatholicchurch@ascensioncatholicchurch.net



Upcoming First Friday Forum: 

"Prayer... There's an App for That!"  

First Friday Forum of Lorain County

Please contact Sharon Kleppel, by phone or email for reservations. 

ffflorain@gmail.com   (440) 244-0643    

Please join us for lunch at 11:30am.  Our Presentation will begin promptly at 12 noon with an introduction, and end at 1:00pm sharp.  We allot approximately 35 minutes for our speaker in order to leave time for questions and answers with our audience.  



MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE 44th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

"The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World:
New Media at the Service of the Word"

[Sunday, 16 May 2010]

The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word. It focuses attention on the important and sensitive pastoral area of digital communications, in which priests can discover new possibilities for carrying out their ministry to and for the Word of God.

All priests have as their primary duty the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, and the communication of his saving grace in the sacraments. Gathered and called by the Word, the Church is the sign and instrument of the communion that God creates with all people, and every priest is called to build up this communion, in Christ and with Christ.

Responding adequately to this challenge amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word.

Who better than a priest, as a man of God, can develop and put into practice, by his competence in current digital technology, a pastoral outreach capable of making God concretely present in today’s world and presenting the religious wisdom of the past as a treasure which can inspire our efforts to live in the present with dignity while building a better future? Consecrated men and women working in the media have a special responsibility for opening the door to new forms of encounter, maintaining the quality of human interaction, and showing concern for individuals and their genuine spiritual needs. They can thus help the men and women of our digital age to sense the Lord’s presence, to grow in expectation and hope, and to draw near to the Word of God which offers salvation and fosters an integral human development.

To priests in particular the new media offer ever new and far-reaching pastoral possibilities, encouraging them to embody the universality of the Church’s mission, to build a vast and real fellowship, and to testify in today’s world to the new life which comes from hearing the Gospel of Jesus, the eternal Son who came among us for our salvation. At the same time, priests must always bear in mind that the ultimate fruitfulness of their ministry comes from Christ himself, encountered and listened to in prayer; proclaimed in preaching and lived witness; and known, loved and celebrated in the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation.

To my dear brother priests, then, I renew the invitation to make astute use of the unique possibilities offered by modern communications. May the Lord make all of you enthusiastic heralds of the Gospel in the new “agorà” which the current media are opening up.

With this confidence, I invoke upon you the protection of the Mother of God and of the Holy Curè of Ars and, with affection, I impart to each of you my Apostolic Blessing.

From the Vatican, 24 January 2010, Feast of Saint Francis de Sales.

In a special way I feel that God has gifted me and called me to use my gifts of communication, the new media, and my priestly spirituality to help people encounter Christ in the midst of their life.






Previous Parish Missions and Talks: 


Click here to download my last presentation: "Contemplative Prayer: Rest with God"



My next presentation will be at Sacred Heart in Oberlin, Ohio.


February 17th, 2013 beginning with Mass at 10am followed by a light salad luncheon and then presentation at noon to 1pm. 

Sacred Heart
410 West Lorain Street  Oberlin, OH 44074
(440) 774-6791
http://www.sacredheartoberlin.org/


The topic will be "Enter the Desert: Contemplative Prayer in the Season of Lent."











Rest with God:  Learn to Pray Contemplatively with Word, Icon, and Nature."  





Contemplative Prayer Handout 5 Ps of Prayer Handout Icon Contemplative Prayer Pensacola Praying with the Word-1.pdf Contemplative Prayer Rest With God Pensecola Intro Contemplative Prayer Rest With God Pensecola Complete Notes from Thomas aquinas contemplation    

Bonaventure on Nature  


Lessons from Rwanda for America's Abortion Holocaust

To Act:

To learn more about HHS and help protect our freedom of Conscience: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/

To contact your representatives in Congress directly (30 seconds is all it takes):  http://actions.nchla.org/Core/core.aspx?APP=GAC&AID=970&IssueID=25200&SiteID=-1

To learn more about Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda: http://crs.org/countries/rwanda

To Act now to help bring peace in our world: http://crs.org/act/


Learn More:

On the Genocide in Rwanda: 



Videos/Movies:
Hotel Rwanda Starring Xolani Mali, Don Cheadle, Desmond Dube and Hakeem Kae-Kazim


Sometimes in April Starring Idris Elba, Oris Ehuero, Debra Winger and Pamela Nomyete (May 10, 2005)

Watch the 60 Minutes video online: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3004020n

Rwanda profile: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14093238

 On Abortion:



Gianna: Aborted, and Lived to Tell about It (Focus on the Family) by Jessica Shaver Renshaw (Paperback - Jan 1, 2011)

“Why Abortion is Genocide” by Gregg Cunningham, Esq. 
          abortion.org/pdf/whyabortionisgeocide.pdf

National Pro-Life Office:            Cleveland Pro-Life Office
http://www.nrlc.org/                                 http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/prolife/

Videos/Movies:



Tuesday April 24, 2012 - St. Michael Catholic Church (See flier for details)
 
Upcoming Talk for Faith Formation Series

Contemplative Prayer
(Adapted for St. Joseph "Contemplating Advent: Enter the Manger") Enter the Manger Presentation for St. Joseph





Left to Tell: Lessons from Rwanda for America's Abortion Holocaust

To read my blog entries from my actual trip to Rwanda click here:
http://fathermichael.wordpress.com/2008/04/25/left-to-tell-one-womans-st
ory-of-surviving-the-rwandan-holocaust/

Some Good Videos: Ghosts of Rwanda, Sometimes in April, Hotel Rwanda, Immaculee
Good Books: "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwanda Holocaust." Immaculee Llibagiza.
"We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families." Philip Gourevitch.
Some good links to help you understand the timeline and history are:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/etc/crontext.html


I had a truly beautiful dinner with Immaculee last night and she told me I have to look on her blog because my picture is on there. I had met her very briefly at Walsh University and given her a prayer medal that I had made and told her she would be in my prayers. I’d also spent a good deal of time talking to her assistant Kathy and when they decided to do this first retreat they invited me to be a part of it. So next thing I know were all at dinner together to Celebrate Immaculee’s birthday and the retreat is this weekend.
It was an enjoyable evening there was laughter and tears. I was so glad to be there and get to spend some time with her. I was going to take the furthest seat away and Walsh’s President Richard Jusseaume insisted that I take the seat next to her. I was grateful to spend time with Richard and his wife as well as Immaculee and her assistant Kathy and a handful of people that flew in from around the country. I also got to finally spend some time speaking with Immaculee about some of her deep experiences of prayer, her time at the missionaries of charity orphanage (which was a highlight of my trip to Rwanda) and her thoughts on the Abortion Holocaust that we face here in America. She truly is a beautiful and inspiring lady. If you have not read her books yet I encourage you to. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be filled with gratitude and thankful to have read it.
I’m excited because they have also invited me to say mass for her retreat at Walsh University this weekend. If you weren’t able to make it to the retreat she will be coming to Cleveland for a speaking conference thanks to Dr. Trew. I’ll keep you posted when I get more information about that.
God Bless,
Fr. Michael J. Denk

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