has truly followed Jesus’ example of going out to sea to gather disciples of
the gospel. Following graduation from Saint John, Father Garvey
attended Mount Saint Mary Seminary. Father completed his BA in philosophy in 1967 and his studies for the
priesthood at the Mount and was ordained to the priesthood in service to the
Diocese of Youngstown in 1971.
ordination, Father’s first assignment was as a catechist at Ursuline High School. During this time he also earned his MA in
Religious Education from Boston College
in 1976. His next assignment brought him
back to his alma mater, as the assistant principal of Saint John from 1981-87.
serving at Saint John,
Father discerned a call to ministry as a United States Navy chaplain from
1987-2007. The Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy are ordained clergy who
are commissioned naval officers. The Chaplain Corps consists of clergy endorsed
from ecclesiastical bodies, providing assistance for all Navy, Marine Corps,
Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard personnel and their families.
retired from the Chaplain Corps, having achieved the rank of LCDR, in June
2007. Upon his navy retirement, he
returned to the Diocese of Youngstown, currently serving as pastor of Saint
Joseph Parish in Mantua, Ohio.
Garvey’s parents, Thomas and Anne Garvey, were members of Mother of Sorrows
Parish. Michael and his siblings, Monica
Garvey Hawkins ’69 and Thomas Garvey ’73, all attended Mother of Sorrows
at Saint John,
Father Michael was an outstanding athlete, participating in football, track and
baseball. He was also a member of
love of the sea continues and he is a lifetime member of the Great Lakes Historical
Society and the Ashtabula