Rev. Monsignor Michael Hohenbrink, who served Saint Michael Parish in Findlay for 17 years, will be the University of Findlay’s next DeBow and Catherine Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series speaker.
The free, public event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Hohenbrink will offer “Reflections on the Impact of a Lifetime of Service in the Catholic Ministry.”
The Monsignor retired in June after serving Findlay’s Catholic faithful since 2000. The parish includes 10,000 parishioners from 3,400 households, along with a school that educates about 500 students in grades pre-K through eight. His leadership and respected opinion during a time of substantial membership growth also saw the church through a $23 million expansion project on Bright Road that resulted in the building of Saint Michael the Archangel Main Church, which seats 2,400, in 2003; and the school in 2006.
He ensured the parish’s standard of a minimum seven Masses per weekend while attending to other duties, such as officiating weddings and funerals. Hohenbrink also regularly found time to participate in community-oriented celebrations and activities, such as high school athletic events and National Day of Prayer observations. Through the Findlay Ministerial Association, Hohenbrink was also very involved in supporting the Backyard Mission Trip, which annually organizes volunteers to complete yard work, painting and modest house repairs to homes within the region.
Hohenbrink was ordained as a priest in 1974. In 2010 he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. He continues to serve on various boards in Findlay and in several capacities within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.
Shortly before his retirement, he expressed reservations about his parishioners’ wishes to have a reception and party for him.
“As they come to church and receive the Eucharist, that’s the reception,” he said for a story published in The Courier on June 17.