Fr. Mike Van Sloun
Father Mike Van Sloun joined St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community as pastor on July 1, 2013. Previously, he served as pastor at the Church of St. Stephen in Anoka for twelve years and was their associate pastor for six years prior. Before his priesthood ordination on May 20, 1995, Fr. Mike was a Crosier religious brother and a secondary school educator, first at Crosier Seminary High School in Onamia, Minnesota from 1976-1989, and then at Central Catholic High School in Grand Island, Nebraska from 1989-1991. The next four years were spent in study at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago where he earned an M.Div. in theology with a specialization in Sacred Scripture, and in ministry at St. Benedict the African Parish. Special ministerial interests include bible study, articles on theological topics, religious photography, retreats on cross spirituality, and pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Recreationally, Fr. Mike likes to go for daily runs, and he is an avid sports fan who particularly enjoys the University of Minnesota, especially Golden Gopher Basketball, as well as the T-Wolves, Vikings, and Twins.