Chorbishop Michael J. Kail
About Our Pastor
Chorbishop Michael J. Kail is the oldest of eight children born to Joseph R. and Martha Zennie Kail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chorbishop Kail was ordained to the priesthood in 1974 in Pittsburgh by Archbishop Francis M. Zayek. He was elevated to Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1992. Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir named him as a Chorbishop in 1999 and he was ordained by Bishop John Chedid as Chorbishop on August 15, 2000.
Following his priestly ordination in 1974, he was assigned as Assistant Pastor to Saint Maron in Youngstown and Assistant Administrator/Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio. In 1976, he was assigned as Assistant Pastor of Holy Family Maronite Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was named pastor of St. Anthony Maronite Church in Danbury, Connecticut in 1977. In 1981, he was assigned as pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church in Akron, Ohio. He was then assigned in 2000 as Pastor of Saint Sharbel Maronite Church in Warren, Michigan as well as Administrator of St. Rafka Maronite Mission in Livonia, Michigan. In addition to his assignment as pastor of St. Sharbel and Administrator of St. Rafka in Livonia, he also served as Administrator of St. Maron Church in Detroit, Michigan from 2008 through 2009. He was named Pastor of St. Maron in Youngstown in 2010 where he continues to serve the Maronite Church.
Chorbishop Kail also served as Director of Youth Ministry from 1981 to 1989; Protopresbyter (Dean) of Eparchial Region II from 1989 to 1994. He also served as Eparchial Director of Vocations and was named to the College of Consultors for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in 1998. He returned as Protopresbyter in 2013 for a short term. He presently serves as Director of the Eparchial Pastoral Council and Eparchial Director of Liturgy.