Our Tri-Parish Community has been asked by Sacred Heart Seminary in Milwaukee to assist Deacon Mike as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood next spring. He will be at our parishes on various weekends to preach the homily at the Masses. Afterward, a group of parishioners will offer feedback and suggestions to him. We welcome Deacon Mike to our communities and look forward to hearing him share the Word of God with us. Below is his introduction.
Deacon Michael (Mike) Leiker, is a Transitional Deacon for the Diocese of Salina (KS) studying at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He is in his final year and will be ordained to the priesthood on June 1st. Michael is the youngest of seven (4 sisters and 2 brothers) with the next youngest 10 years older. Prior to joining the seminary, he completed his bachelors and master’s degrees in exercise science. He then taught for a year (2000-2001) at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Michael then moved to the University of South Dakota, where he completed a Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education and Administration, with emphasis in curriculum development and exercise science. During the years in Tennessee Michael started a small business (Ticker Timing) where he traveled the country timing and scoring track and field meets. In 2003, he joined another company (Flash Results), who works major events around country, including NCAA Championships, US Championships, and Olympic Trials. In 2006, he began working as a faculty member for Pittsburg State University (KS) and reduced the amount of track events he worked. In 2012, a colleague reintroduced Michael to the practice of the Catholic faith. In the spring of 2014 Michael applied for the seminary and began studies that fall.
Michael enjoys outdoor activities, sporting events, cooking and trying out new restaurants with friends. He also enjoys family get togethers when he is back home.