Rev. Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin, S.T.L., J.C.L.
Pastor - St. Joan of Arc Parish
Archbishop Vigneron's Delegate and Episcopal Vicar for cases of clergy misconduct
Fr. G. Michael Bugarin was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit by then Archbishop Adam J. Maida on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29, 1991 at Detroit's Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. He was assigned as the Associate Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish from 1991 until 1993. In May of 1993, then Fr. Bugarin was assigned as the personal secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida. He served as personal secretary until 1998 when he was appointed the first Executive Director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC. In June of 2004, Fr. Bugarin was appointed by Cardinal Maida as the 8th pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish.
Msgr. Bugarin is the son of George and Christine Bugarin of Shelby Township, Michigan. He has three sisters: Jackie Bugarin, Cindy Finn and Sandy Labut.
Upon graduating from Sterling Heights High School in 1982, Msgr. Bugarin entered Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in 1986. In 1986, Msgr. Bugarin was assigned to graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University with residency at the Pontifical North American College from 1986 - 1991. While in Rome he earned a Bachelors in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Gregorian University. He was ordained a transitional deacon by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago, at St. Peter's Basilica on April 26, 1990.
During his tenure in Washington, DC, Msgr. Bugarin also earned a Licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.) from The Catholic University of America in 2003.
Msgr. Bugarin was named a Chaplain to His Holiness in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2005, Msgr. Bugarin was named Vicar of the SERF Vicariate, a position he held until July 2012. He has also served on the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 2009-2012.
In November of 2009 Archbishop Vigneron appointed Msgr. Bugarin an Episcopal Vicar and his delegate with a special mandate to address any and all matters relating to the misconduct of clergy within the Archdiocese of Detroit.