The St. Michael’s College yearbook is dedicated annually to a member of the college community in recognition of their connection to the Senior Class. This honor was awarded to Father Michael this year.
Senior Class President Kylie S. Bryce '19 and Senior Class Vice-President Vanessa C. Malloy '19 presented:
“This year we want to dedicate our yearbook to someone who clearly played a crucial role in our experience here at Saint Michael’s. His name appeared multiple times in every voting category, making it evident that he meant so much to our class. Whether it be through campus ministry, LEAP, Student Government or classes, he is never failing to make us smile and laugh. That has been a true gift. His sense of humor, Halloween costumes and entire essence will surely stay with us as we continue on our journeys. Thank you Father Michael for all that you have done for us, the class of 2019. We would like to dedicate this year’s yearbook to you.”
Father Michael said he was surprised, honored and that it was a humbling experience. The class of 2019 were sophomores when he first started working at the college. “I feel as if I have had the opportunity to see them grow and develop over the last few years—and they helped me to grow and develop as well, as both a faculty/staff member and a priest,” he said.
As an Edmundite, he is uniquely positioned to see a wide array of students in several different capacities, he said. He has met students while teaching in the classroom, helping to organize and lead retreats, through involvement with student government, and through the MOVE program. “I strive to be present to students as much as I can, to not push an agenda on anybody, to listen first before I talk and to develop a relationship of understanding and trust with all students, regardless of whether or not they've ever set foot inside the Chapel,” he said.
The dedication was meaningful to Father Michael. “It's been amazing how much many of the students have come to mean to me, and have become such a part of my life. I will not soon forget the class of 2019, and am so honored that I will have this dedication to remember them by.”
“POW students will know him as Monkey Marcel, LEAP students recognize his air guitar skills and faculty and staff members know him as a leader on countless trips to France,” the presenter read from her speech. “A native French speaker, a native-sounding Spanish speaker, a former dairy farmer, an Edmundite, former Director of Campus Ministry, the caretaker of Gilbrook, a lover of golf (The Beautiful Game), an alumni of SMC as well as a member of the Board of Trustees, there is not much he hasn't done, including being scolded by Mother Teresa for not praying enough. In everything he does, Father Marcel truly embodies the spirit of Saint Michael's College and we are so very lucky to have him.”
Father Marcel said receiving the award was a complete surprise. “It’s very gratifying to be acknowledged like this by a class,” he said.