Fr. Michael Stalla, Pastor of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Parish
Fr. Michael Stalla, Pastor of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Parish. Fr. Michael Stalla was born April 9th, 1975. His childhood home is in Westlake, though his home parish was Holy Trinity Church in Avon. His parents, Robert and Rose, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 19th, 2015. Fr. Michael has four brothers and two sisters, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
Fr. Michael attended Holy Trinity Grade School where the Sisters of Notre Dame gave him a firm foundation in his faith. He graduated St. Ignatius High School in 1993. Under the formation of the Jesuit high School, Fr. Michael was active in the drama club and the Spanish club. He participated in various retreats with his classmates and began to sense his vocation to the priesthood.
Fr. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy in 1998 from John Carroll University. He has a Masters of Art in Systematic Theology and a Masters of Divinity from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. While in the seminary, Fr. Michael had pastoral experience at St. Mary’s in Painesville, La Sagrada Familia in Cleveland, St. Monica Catholic School in Garfield Heights, St. Charles Borromeo in Parma, hospice of the Western Reserve, and St. Bernard’s in Akron. Fr. Michael was ordained in 2003. He served as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Church in Painesville for four years. In 2007, Fr. Michael served as
Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village. That same year, he taught a class on Ethics at Borromeo Seminary. These first assignments gave Fr. Michael a wide range of experiences: Jail ministry, Hispanic ministry, RCIA, Catechesis, Adult Faith Formation, Charismatic Renewal, Marriage ministry, Youth ministry, Theology of the Body, and Server training. He attended Fr. McGread’s Stewardship retreats in Wichita, Kansas and was a national speaker for parish Stewardship retreats.
In 2009, having felt God’s calling to become a missionary, Fr. Michael served as a member of the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador. During his six years in the missions, Fr. Michael was named Administrator of the parish Santo Domingo, Guzman, Chiltiupan and Pastor of the poorest parish of the Archdioceses of San Salvador, San Pedro, Apostol, Teotepeque. On his last day in El Salvador, Fr. Michael attended the beatification on Blessed Monsignor Oscar Romero in San Salvador.
In 2015, Fr. Michael was named Pastor of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Parish in Twinsburg. He is very excited to be back in the Diocese of Cleveland and ready to begin the next chapter of his life with his new parishioners.
“The same God who called me to be a priest and led me to the missions is now calling me to Ss. Cosmas and Damian. I have always entrusted my future to the Lord. I feel like a child listening to a good story that God is reading to me. I see the Reader’s eyes grow bigger with excitement. ‘What is on that next page?’ I wonder. I can’t wait to find out!”