HOLY NAME OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
320 EAST PORTAGE AVE., SAULT STE MARIE, MI 49783
Fr. Sebastian Kavumkal (Pastor)
Fr. Sebastian, the current Pastor of Holy Name of Mary Church belongs to the Missionary Congregation called, The Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle, in India. He was ordained for the Society in 1979 and had served in one of the Mission Dioceses in India for 18 years before he was sent to Marquette Diocese in 1997 and ever since he has been serving the Diocese. He has been the Pastor of Holy Name of Mary since 2007. He completed all his studies in India; besides his 10 years of the seminary studies, he achieved his Master’s degree in Political Science and also the Law degree. But he is fully happy and dedicated in his priestly service. In his leisure time he would like to listen to Indian classical music and go out in Nature with his camera. Fr. Sebastian is a good Nature Photographer and he enjoys the outdoor very much. His Book on Nature photography, “The Splendor of God in Nature” is known to the people in the Diocese. The content of the book is the close up shots of the flowers from U.P. as well as from outside. Each picture is presented with a caption and Bible quotation. Besides enjoying the Nature and all seasons here in U.P., he spends a good amount of time with the homebound, in Nursing Homes and Hospital. He also takes keen interest in Catholic education at St. Mary’s school.
Anne Metrish (Parish Secretary)
I have been blessed to work for Holy Name of Mary Church for over 13 years. My husband is Michael Metrish, and we have two children Matthew and Cassandra. My purpose is to provide secretarial and clerical support for the parish office operations. My duties include preparing the weekly bulletin, maintaining records for the parish, scheduling Masses and serving our parish families with their needs.
Symantha Morley (Religious Education Director
I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie to Carolyn and William Ayers. I have been a member of Holy Name of Mary Church my whole life. I was baptized, received my first reconciliation, first communion, confirmation, and the sacrament of marriage, all at Holy Name of Mary Church. While growing up I was an alter server, lay reader, Eucharistic minister, and CCD teacher. My current role is the Director of Religious Education.
I attended Sault Area Public Schools. Afterwards, I attended LSSU and received my Associate Degree in Child Development. I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Central Michigan University. I have been teaching with the Sault Area Public Schools for 21 years. I am currently teaching kindergarten at Soo Township School. I have been married to my husband, Wayne, for 20 years. I have one daughter, Alyssa, who enjoys singing with the church choir.
Gary Guevara (Music Director)
I joined the staff at Holy Name of Mary as Director of Sacred Music in the summer of 2011. Prior to this, I served in music and youth ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing. I was also actively involved in adoration and worship holy hours, planning and running high school youth retreats, and Confirmation preparation. Additional musical experience includes: being director of bands and choirs for 6 years at Lakeside Christian School in East Lansing, serving as chair of the Association of Christian Schools International music festival for 4 years, having over a decade of experience in various musical groups as a vocalist, instrumentalist (keyboard, guitar) and music director, and most recently, as a songwriter of contemporary Christian music.
I hold B.S. & B.A. degree in chemistry and religious studies, respectively, and am currently an M.A. student in theology through Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. I have been married to Madeleine for nearly 11 years. We have 4 young children (Lucia, Elijah, Simon & Joachim) ranging in ages 8 years to 8 months.
Norman Sampson (Custodian)
I'm the custodian/janitor/maintenance/grounds keeper for the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. I grew up in Dearborn, MI, and graduated from Fordson High School in 1974. I attended Lake Superior State University and graduated in 1979 with a BS in Health Care Administration. I worked in the health care field for a few years, and worked at Kewadin Casino for over 10 years. I started working for Holy Name of Mary Church in November 2004.
I grew up Baptist, but joined the Catholic Church at Easter 1990 in Alexandria, Virginia. I have been married since 1988 to my wife Mary. We have 2 sons who graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and serve as ushers, altar servers, and lectors in the church. My wife is a volunteer at St. Mary's school and is a member of the Altar Society, and I serve as an usher and am active in the Knights of Columbus.