Biography

Father Mike Joly is a Roman Catholic priest celebrating twenty-three years in the priesthood this year.  Having attended Providence College and Rhode Island College, he secured a B.S. in Human Resources Management.  He obtained his Bachelors of Sacred Theology and Masters of Divinity degrees from St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore.  Ordained in November of 1994, he has served as Parochial Vicar in three parishes, while also spending much time in adult and youth retreat formation.

Fr. Mike has directed an archdiocesan retreat center and served as a priest campus minister at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Currently, he enjoys serving as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Yorktown, Virginia and loves teaching, preaching, singing, witnessing Christ’s movement in others and having a great time in the Kingdom of God.  Totally blind since age six, he nonetheless strives to use his talents and time to celebrate God’s goodness in his own life. He welcomes opportunities to share what motivates his life and how to approach obstacles.

Finding meaning, purpose, and direction in his own vocation, Fr. Mike works to communicate how universally available this is in everyone’s life.