Fr. Michael Volkmer - Senior Priest in Residence
Fr. Michael Volkmer, C.PP.S. was appointed Senior Priest in Residence of St. James on July 1, 2019. He was born Dec. 10, 1939 in Nebraska City, NE. He studied theology at St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena, Ohio, and was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood on June 1, 1968, at St. Charles by Auxiliary Bishop Edward McCarthy. After ordination, Fr. Michael taught at Precious Blood Seminary in Liberty, Mo., for eight years.
He then moved into pastoral ministry, serving at St. Mary Parish in Centerville from 1976-82. He served at parishes in Wisconsin and Missouri before returning to the diocese in 2007 to serve as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Albia Iowa. When he turned 75 in 2015, he was relieved of this assignment in accord with diocesan policy for priests serving beyond their 75th birthdays. He then served as administrator of the Albia parish with all the rights and duties of pastor.
In July 2019, Fr. Michael moved to Liberty MO where he resides at the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Provincial Center.
Asked about his ministry, Fr. Michael said “I would say that I love my priesthood and parochial ministry. The best part of my priesthood has been interacting with the people of the five parishes that I have served, celebrating the sacraments, and working with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).”