Fr. Jason Brooks
A native of Milwaukee, Father Jason spent part of his college days on the gridiron where he played NCAA Division III football for the Ripon College Red Hawks and hosted a weekly classic rock radio show. He was planning to become a teacher, but after his junior year, felt a call to the priesthood and entered the Legionaries of Christ seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2004. He’s a fan of fast cars, a former DJ, blues singer, and spiritual leader to more than 700 young people as chaplain on campus at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in GA, where he also was an assistant football coach! Fr. Jason is now serving with the Legionaries in Bloomfield Hills and we welcome him to Awaken!
Fr. Marko Djonovic
In his twenties, Fr. Marko was seriously involved in the sport of boxing, attending college and working as an auto mechanic when physical health issues brought everything to a halt and he began to consider the deeper questions of life and where God was in all of it. He dug deep into his Catholic faith and discovered Jesus in the Eucharist and Holy Scripture. His love for Jesus grew, and so did his desire to be a priest. Fr. Marko was ordained in 2013, and just recently began a new journey as part of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Detroit. He has a passion for preaching and standing firm and courageous in the faith, and his love of Jesus is contagious!
Fr. Steve Pullis
Fr. Steve holds a special place in our hearts at Awaken Ministry because he was our Spiritual Director for our first 4 years! We love his joy in the Lord and compassionate heart. He sums up his love for the priesthood this way: " I love being a priest because I get to bring the saving power and Word of Jesus Christ to all that I meet!" In July, Fr. Steve began a new assignment as Director of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the AOD, and just recently received his STL in Pastoral Theology with an emphasis in the New Evangelization, from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. We are so glad to have Fr. Steve back as a Fall speaker!