Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf, Pastor
Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf was born on November 22, 1964, the sixth of eight children. He attended St. Alfred Elementary School in Taylor and Cabrini High School in Allen Park. He then studied at Michigan State University to pursue a degree in Communications and Broadcast Arts. During that time he felt the call to the priesthood and he entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit in 1985.
Fr. Gerry was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1993. His first assignment as a priest was at St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores. He then served as Associate Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini in Allen Park and Campus Minister at Cabrini High School. In 1999 he was appointed pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Sterling Heights. There he oversaw the building of a new church and the renovation of the old church into a social hall and meeting rooms, as well as the growth of a vibrant and spirit-filled community of faith.
In October of 2005 Cardinal Maida asked Fr. Gerry to consider coming to Guardian Angels and Bishop Foley Catholic High School. Because he has always said yes to what the Church has asked of him, and because he was excited about working with Catholic Schools, Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf became Pastor of Guardian Angels and President of Bishop Foley in October 2005.
Fr. Gerry enjoys cooking, golfing, singing and life in general. He has a great love for liturgy and worship believes that they aid in our relationship with the Lord, as well as strengthen us as a community of believers. He is a strong advocate for the youth, encouraging them in their walk with the Lord. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary where he teaches Homiletics to the graduate seminarians.
Fr. Gerry continues to serve our faith community with joy and gladness, saying “Yes” to the Lord’s call to serve each day.
Fr. Eric Fedewa, Associate Pastor
Fr. Eric Fedewa was born on March 28, 1982 and is the youngest of four children born of his father Bill and his mother Agnes. He grew up in Shelby Township and attended St. Lawrence Grade School in Utica. For high school, he attended Notre Dame Preparatory in Pontiac.
In March of 2004, just before graduating from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, he experienced a re-conversion. After a Mass with healing prayer at St. Lawrence on March 17th of that year, he had asked his mother, Agnes, and Fr. Art Cooney, OFM Cap. to pray over him. He was “baptized in the Spirit,” meaning that the Holy Spirit renewed and re-invigorated within him his (until then) dormant faith, and “unwrapped” the gifts he had received at Baptism and Confirmation. From that moment on, and of course through the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he became faithful to Christ and His Church.
While attending prayer meetings with the Little Flock prayer group at St. Lawrence, the leader asked Fr. Eric if he had ever prayed about the priesthood. He was asked to say a short prayer every night asking Jesus if He was calling him to the priesthood. After a month, he started to strongly feel Christ calling him to be a priest. For eight months he prayed and discerned this call with the guidance of Fr. Jim Bilot (Vocations Director at the time). In January of 2005, he spent a weekend at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to check it out and then applied to the seminary in the middle of February. Since his time at the Seminary, Fr. Eric has previously served as Associate Pastor at St. Anastasia in Troy, as Associate Pastor at St. Hugo, as well as Chaplain at Marian High School, both in Bloomfield Hills.
Fr. Eric is grateful to be able to serve you here at Guardian Angels Parish and is looking forward to getting to know you!
Deacon Bob Schwartz, Permanent Deacon
Deacon Bob and his wonderful wife, Barbara, have been married for over 52 years and live in Chesterfield Township. They moved there in 1997 when they built their new dream home to better accommodate their “empty nester” status and the rather rapid growth of their family through matrimony and child birth. All six of their children, one girl and five boys, are grown, college educated, and happily married. They have 13 delightful and talented grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 20. The girls out-number the boys 7 to 6.
During his professional career Deacon Bob held executive management positions in engineering, manufacturing and sales/marketing in several large corporations. His engineering education was obtained at the Universities of Dayton (BME) and Wisconsin (MSME). Executive management education was attained at Michigan State University (MBA). The academic portion of formation for the diaconate was obtained at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
Deacon Bob retired from secular employment in 1999, after 37 years in the transportation industry. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Detroit three year later on October 5, 2002. His first diaconate assignment was to the people of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Sterling Heights where he served for the first eight years after ordination. In July 2010 Deacon Bob rejoined Father Gerry, and now serves the community of Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson.
Seminarian Chris Muer
Christopher Muer was born on December 9th 1987 to David and Mary Lou Muer and was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Park with his seven siblings (5 brothers, 2 sisters, of whom he is the fourth child). His faith journey began at St. Clare of Montefalco parish in Grosse Pointe where he attended mass, served as an altar server and participated in CYO sports. Christopher attended public school in Grosse Pointe Park and graduated from Grosse Pointe South high school in 2006. Following graduation, he attended Ferris State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Christopher found college to be a blessed time for him, where he attended the campus Newman Center, attended bible studies and came into his faith and began to discern the Lord’s call for him to discern and pursue priesthood. Following graduation in 2010, Christopher worked for a year with Detroit based Walbridge construction. Over the following year Christopher moved to Kansas for work and in December of 2010 applied for seminary and was accepted as a Detroit seminarian the Tuesday of Holy Week 2011. Christopher has been attending Sacred Heart Major Seminary since the fall of 2011. Christopher’s anticipated Deaconate ordination will be April 2017 with his anticipated Priestly May of 2018. Christopher asks for your continued prayers for all seminarians that they may continue to have strength and courage as they continue their journey toward priesthood.
Betty Czaplicki, Parish Secretary
Prior to working at Guardian Angels, Betty was an educational consultant and instructional designer for Electronic Data Systems Corporation. For Betty, working at Guardian Angels is a ministry, not a job.
Betty was born and raised in the Detroit area. She earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Wayne State University. Betty completed a two-year Internship in Ignatian Spirituality at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI and is currently enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan.
Betty lives with her husband, Don and their Yorkshire Terrier in Troy. As a member of Guardian Angels, she and her husband are in the choir and are part of the marriage preparation program as a sponsor couple. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, hiking, watching movies and cooking and entertaining.
Cheryl Kondrat, Administrative Assistant
While growing up in Hamtramck and attending St. Florian Elementary and High School, Cheryl learned of her love for Jesus. It was also there that she met the love of her life, Thomas. They were married at St. Florian Church in 1984. Cheryl continued her studies at Central Michigan University and Wayne State University.
Cheryl and Tom moved to Clawson in 1989 and joined Guardian Angels Catholic Community. They were blessed with two wonderful daughters who attended Guardian Angels and Bishop Foley Catholic Schools. Cheryl has been a catechist for Faith Formation and is currently a sacristan. Tom & Cheryl are currently presenters in the Marriage Preparation Program, as well.
Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going out to dinner and is an avid Detroit Tigers Fan.
Cheryl is an Administrative Assistant for the Parish as well as is part of the Guardian Angels Catholic School staff.
John David Kuhar, Director of Faith Formation/Youth Minister
During college, in the summer, he worked as a counselor at Camp Sancta Maria where he enjoyed the opportunity to be outdoors teaching and playing sports with the children.
Before taking the position as Director of Faith Formation, Mr. Kuhar worked in youth ministry at Our Lady of Sorrows and as Campus Minister here at GA. In his free time he enjoys playing sports and coaching basketball.
Bradley Lieto, Director of Music and Liturgy
Brad is a tenor from Monroe, Michigan. He graduated in 2006 with honors from Central Michigan University, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal music. There he was a choral music scholarship student and studied voice with Professor Cora Enman.
After undergraduate studies he began teaching vocal and instrumental music in both public and private schools. He was hired to teach band and voice for Cabrini Parish schools in 2007 where he began the marching band program and the Cabrini Chamber Singers. His students regularly traveled to festivals, usually earning excellent ratings in both district and state events. His last appointment was in Dundee, Michigan where he served as choir director for both the Middle and High schools as well as middle school general music teacher. In 2012 his teaching got him noticed by the University of Toledo and he took an appointment with the University as a graduate assistant. While teaching there he finished his Master’s in Vocal Performance commencing with a recital in May of 2014. He currently sings in the Detroit Opera House Chorus and many other various exciting venues. In addition to singing, he enjoys accompanying and teaching private voice as well. He is excited to join the team here at GA and looks forward to a bright, involved and exciting future with Guardian Angels.
Steve Petty, Pastoral Associate
Steve is happily married to his wife Marylee. They make their home in Royal Oak, where they live with their three wonderful children. Steve has served at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, St. Michael Parish in Southfield and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Sterling Heights, before coming here to Guardian Angels. While Steve serves the Church as a Pastoral Associate, his wife Marylee teaches English at Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights.
Steve grew up in Michigan’s thumb. He graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School in 1985. After high school, Steve joined the United States Air Force. During his time in the military, he was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, in South Dakota until his discharge in 1989. After his time in the military, Steve entered the religious congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in August of 1990, where he studied philosophy and theology for five years. After much prayer and discernment, Steve felt called to leave the seminary and return home to the Detroit area. He came back to Michigan in 1995 and decided to finish his degree in theology at SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, where he earned his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry in May of 2001. After a few years, Steve decided to continue his higher education by pursuing another degree. In 2013, Steve graduated with his second graduate degree from SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, earning a Masters Degree in Theology. Steve also has his National Certification in Pastoral Ministry through the Archdiocese of Detroit. He has been serving the Catholic Church as a Pastoral Associate for over 18 years.
In addition to being a devoted family man, Steve has many interests. He enjoys reading (mostly literature and spiritual books), writing, sports and the outdoors (particularly hiking). His biggest love, besides his family, is helping people better understand their faith and developing their relationship with God.
Stephen Turk, School Principal
Proud to have been born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Turk is a product of Catholic Schools having attended and graduated from St. Gregory Catholic School and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Mr. Turk received his Bachelor in Science in Education from WSU and a Master in Science in Educational Leadership from Madonna University in May of 2014. Having seventeen years of experience in education, Mr. Turk has eight years in the classroom, two years as a Dean of Students, and seven years as Principal of a Detroit Charter School. A devout Catholic, Mr. Turk attends St. Moses the Black Church where he volunteers extensively both on the Parish Council and the Evangelization, Beautification, and Stewardship Commissions. In his free time, this father of four enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren as well as training for and running marathons. Excited about being the Principal at Guardian Angels Catholic School, Mr. Turk has noted, “working in collaboration with all our staff members, I look forward to GA becoming an even brighter star”.