I am pleased to inform all of you that Fr. Michael Belinsky, CSC, will be coming to join Fr. Chris and I at Holy Redeemer Parish! He will be arriving the first week of July. I am thrilled to have him, as we became good friends from our time studying theology together in Berkeley and sharing a bathroom. He is a very talented man and will be a great fit to our Holy Cross team. I was also pleased to learn that he helped out at Holy Redeemer from 2006-2007, so the parish is familiar to him. What follows is a biographical piece that I asked him to write for all of you. I know that he will receive a warm Holy Redeemer welcome when he finally arrives. Enjoy!
In Christ, Fr. Pat
Bio for Rev. Michael Belinsky, CSC
I was born in Miles City, Montana, and raised in Billings, Montana. I’m 58 years old, professed Final Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1988 and have been a priest for 30 years. Although my parents still reside in Billings, I’ve a sister in Alaska, a brother in Colorado and another brother in Georgia with nieces and nephews scattered throughout the US.
I went to college at the University of Notre Dame (Class of ‘83) and entered the seminary following graduation. I did my seminary studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (Class of ‘88); in fact, Fr. Pat and I were classmates and lived and studied there for a couple of years.
Throughout most of my time in ministry, I’ve mainly served in parish ministry (2006-2007 at Holy Redeemer when Fr. Joe Corpora was pastor) but also served in Campus Ministry at UP (2007-2012). I enjoy people and so I look forward to serving all of you as a sacramental minister, preaching, visiting those who are sick or elderly, interacting with school students, and gathering for prayer with all of us as the Body of Christ, the Church.
I enjoy music and art and architecture. I was trained as an organist and used to help out in many parishes as a young man. I’m also a harpist and appreciate classical music. When I lived in Washington, DC, for a few years, I used to spend lots of time at the National Gallery of Art and other branches of the Smithsonian Institute.
I like to read on various subjects but murder mysteries and 19th Russian novelists are both great escapes for me. I like to cultivate my imagination.
I look forward to being with all of you and I will arrive there in a few weeks. The City of Roses, the NE neighborhood, and Holy Redeemer are special places to me. See you soon!