Fr. Mike Kellogg
First of all, let me say WELCOME to our faith community of Mary of the Visitation. Our motto “See Christ in Others: Be Christ for Others” as simple as that phrase is, reminds us of the mission all of us are called to embrace within our faith community. We have and are so blessed with a dynamic congregation that embraces this call every day. So often I purposely remind our faith community that ‘EVERYONE’ is welcome at Mary of the Visitation! Perhaps that is because my own life experience received that same love during my formative years. Let me tell you a little about myself.
I grew up in a small town in west-central Iowa (Grand Junction). The town’s population was approximately 900 people but was the second largest community within our county. My dad, who passed away in 1992, was retired from the Air Force and my mom, who passed away in 2019, was an elementary school teacher for many years. I have two older sisters (both who have passed away), an older brother and a younger sister. I have an undergraduate degree from Loras College (Dubuque, IA) in music and I received my seminary training at St. John’s – Collegeville and St. Paul Seminary – St. Paul, MN.
The reason I attended two different seminaries was because as I finished my second year of seminary back in the early 1990’s, I wasn’t quite ready to make a commitment towards ordination. So within those 6 years of time between seminary studies, I’ve worked as a music/liturgy director, pastoral associate and a computer salesman while I lived in Colorado. These skills and experiences were extremely valuable as I prepared for the priesthood. Finally, the tug of God was more than my stubborn side could take, so I packed up my belongings and returned to Minnesota to finish my seminary training and was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 2002.
After being ordained to the priesthood, I have served in a number of parishes within our diocese. As a matter of fact, Mary of the Visitation is my 20th parish in which I’ve ministered. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to stay within our faith community for a long time. I know it’s difficult for any parish or priest to have so many transitions in such a short time, but every time I begin to lament moving, I realize that God sent me to that particular community to offer what gifts I can – and those communities have certainly formed me into the priest that I am! I hope to continue to grow and offer those same gifts to the best of my ability at Mary of the Visitation as your pastor.
Many Blessings … Fr. Mike
“See Christ in Others; Be Christ for Others”