Rev. Fr. Grzegorz (Greg) Tokarski was born in Poland. After graduating from high school, he entered the seminary in Krakow where he studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1995. In 1997, Fr. Tokarski became an assistant professor of classical languages and linguistics at the Pontifical Institute of Higher Latinity, Rome.
Fr. Tokarski arrived in the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2004, where his brother, Fr. Stan Tokarski, was a pastor. He was asked to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Michael’s Parish in Livonia. Later, he transferred to Our Lady of Refuge in Orchard Lake. At the same time, he taught Biblical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin, and Ancient Christian Literature (Patrology and Spiritual Masters) at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake. There, Fr. Greg served for three years as academic dean. For part of that time, he regularly said Sunday Mass in English, Latin and German at Mother of Divine Mercy Parish. Fr. Tokarski was appointed pastor of the newly-formed Mother of Divine Mercy Parish in 2013.
Rev. Mr. Joe Lennon has been married to his wife Beth for over fifty years. They are blessed to have four children, twenty-nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Deacon Joe was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 11, 1983 and worked for Ford Motor Company for thirty-three years before retiring in 1999. He has served at several parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit and one in the Diocese of Lansing before arriving at Mother of Divine Mercy parish.
Fr. Silvain Bonneau Mbog was born on July,7th 1978 in Cameroon. The country is situated in Central Africa around the equator. It‘s 183,568 square miles for a total of 23,393,000 in habitants in 2015. Cameroon shares borders with the following countries: Chad (in the North), Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea (in the South), Central African Republic (in the East) and Nigeria (in the West). The country which opens up to the Atlantic ocean in the South West reached independence in 1960 from France. The main languages are French (around 90%) and English (10%). He was born and grew up in the French speaking part of Cameroon, in a Christian family. He is the third child in a family of eight children.
Fr. Mbog graduated from High School in 1997, whereupon he had a meeting with my parents, during which he told them about his intention to apply for the priesthood. His father only accepted after a long discussion. Formation in the Major Seminary took 9 years: One Preparatory year, one year of residence in a parish, three years of intense philosophical studies and four years of theological studies. He was finally ordained priest on July 29th 2006 in the Diocese of EDEA (37 parishes for 98 priests). After my ordination, Fr. Mbog worked as Associate Pastor in Mary Mother of God Parish for one year. Then, he was transferred to Our Lady of the Assumption‟s parish where he worked as Pastor for three years. After that, he was sent to Saint Genevieve Parish as Pastor, where I worked for three years again. Finally, he was sent to Saint John Mary Vianney Parish, still as Pastor for two years. While at Saint Genevieve and Saint John Marie Vianney parishes, Fr. Mbog was having additional functions as Diocesan Health Coordinator (in charge of the health of priests, the management of hospitals and public health in the Diocese) and Financial Secretary in charge of projects in the whole diocese. Due to the rampant poverty in the Diocese of Edea, most of the people are unable to pay their hospital bills. In a system where Health Insurance doesn't exist, rather than going to public hospitals where there are qualified personnel, people tend to converge more towards Catholic hospitals where they hope to be treated even when they do not have enough money. The mortality rate keeps going up because of the inability to recruit qualified doctors who ask astronomic amounts of money to be paid to them. At times, what they ask for salaries is simply more than the total monthly income of the health facility. Thanks to few people of good will, the Diocese has been able to send some priests to medical schools: One in Cameroon, one in Senegal, one in France and Fr. Mbog was sent to the United States. Unfortunately, the person who initially and freely promised to help us with tuition in the USA, changed her mind because of family constraints. Rather than totally giving up, I decided to change my plans and do some nursing instead of medicine. I was able to start the first semester at Wayne State University. Through the help and generosity of many, Fr. Mbog serves Masses w/ Fr. Tokarski and is in residence at Mother of Divine Mercy Parish!
Director of Music
Ronald R. Weiler II (Ron) was appointed Director of Music for Sweetest Heart of Mary church in May, 2014, whereupon he also provided music for English Masses at St. Josaphat. With the reorganization of the Parish in October, 2016, Ron now serves as Director of Music for the entire Parish, and provides music for all Weekend Masses, Holy Days, Solemnities, and other evening Masses. He is the Director of the Schola Cantorum choir (click for information) and coordinates music for all of the weddings that take place in the Parish. Before coming to Mother of Divine Mercy, Ron was Director of Music at St. Clare of Assisi in Farmington Hills under Fr. Tokarski. Prior to that he served as Co-Director of Music at St. Gerald Parish in Farmington. Mr. Weiler is the Director of Middle and Upper School choirs at Detroit Country Day School, where he has taught for 19 years. Each year in March, the DCDS choirs give a performance at our Parish to raise money for the Food Pantry. Ron is the father of 4 children, the oldest of whom serves as an altar server. His wife of 15 years, Theresa, is a member of the choir and often cantors for Holy Mass.