Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle,
I think about you often and have prayed for you daily since I learned of my appointment to St. Thomas.
My name is Fr. Michael Trail and I’m excited to be your pastor.
I look forward to learning from you how to shepherd in this new role. I’m also looking forward walking with you as a fellow disciple striving for daily holiness. I have heard so many wonderful things about our community, our legacy, and our bright future ahead after going through Renew My Church. I’m excited to be on the journey of faith with you and I am excited about working together in the building of the Kingdom of God here in Hyde Park.
While I can’t wait to meet you in person and to learn your story, I want to share my story with you. I was born in Detroit, Michigan as an only child to Kenneth and the late Yolanda Trail. I’m a product of Catholic grade school and part of my vocation to the priesthood is the result of the Catholic education that I received at St. Agatha in Redford, Michigan. After attending a charter school in Detroit, I moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend Loyola University Chicago where I graduated with a BA in Philosophy.
I attended Mundelein Seminary from 2012 until my ordination to the priesthood in 2016 by Cardinal Blase Cupich. As a priest, I’ve ministered in the south suburbs, the northwest side of the city, and most recently at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Lakeview as associate pastor. I come to you with an open heart, an open mind, and eager to meet you and to get to know you.
I am thankful to Fr. Dan Costello for his warm welcome, his guidance during this transition, and for his leadership as administrator of St. Thomas. I’m also thankful for Fr. Chris as he assumed the role of administrator with the departure of the Carmelites and his flexibility during the period of transition back to a diocesan parish. May God reward them both.
I look forward to meeting all of you in person. Until then, please keep me in your prayers and know that you are always in mine.
Sincerely in the Lord,