Jennifer Fulwiler

Fr. Mark Rutherford

Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and later in Ann Arbor, Fr. Mark grew up in a Catholic home withthree brothers. He first heard and discerned a call to the priesthood at age 13 while participating in aFranciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference in 1997. Growing up he attended Catholicschools, public schools, home schooled, and has even dropped out of high school. He and his threebrothers loved and played hockey for a large part of their lives, which for Fr. Mark gave way to sportslike wrestling, boxing, and Tae Kwon Do. From 2001-2005, Fr. Mark attended Ave Maria College inYpsilanti, Michigan, majoring in both Theology and Philosophy, with a minor in classical languages. Hewas accepted as a seminarian of the Diocese of Lansing inthe summer of 2005, and attended SacredHeart Major Seminary from 2005-2009, earning the M. Div. and S.T.B. He was ordained to thepriesthood by Bishop Earl Boyea on June 13th, 2009, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua. He was thenassigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton from 2009-2012. In 2012, he wasassigned as Parochial Vicar of Church of the Resurrection in Lansing from 2012-2014. In 2014, he is wasassigned as Administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church and school in Williamston, and to study for theJ.C.L. in Canon Law at Catholic University of America during the summers. In 2015 he was named pastorof St. Mary Catholic Church and school. In addition, he serves on the Diocese of Lansing EducationBoard, and is in his fourth year of studies in Canon Law.