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Friars and Staff

Capuchin Retreat is blessed with many talented and dedicated people working to serve the spiritual needs of all who visit. We have a full-time preaching staff of Capuchin friars, and an extended preaching staff to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. Our faithful hospitality and kitchen staff serve as your dining room hosts. We are blessed with many volunteers who enhance our charism of Franciscan hospitality and spirituality.


Br. Vito Martínez, OFM Capuchin
Fr. Vito Martinez, Capuchin, Director

Fr. Vito assumed the responsibility as Director of Capuchin Retreat in November 2021. Br. Vito comes to us from Chicago, where he has spent the past 10 years in ministry. He was previously involved with youth and young adult ministry and has strong connections with the Hispanic community on Chicago’s southwest side.

Fr. Antony Julius Milton, Capuchin, Associate Director

Fr. Julius was born and raised in Tamil Nadu, a Southeast state in India. After his theological studies and priestly ordination, he assumed the responsibility as the Associate Director of Capuchin Retreat Center in June 2022. He loves the Capuchin charism of preaching and accompanying people in their faith journey.

Fr. Biju Chacko Parakkalayil, Capuchin
Fr. Biju Chacko Parakkalayil, Capuchin, Preacher

Fr. Biju came to Capuchin Retreat in 2017. Prior to that, he worked in the postulancy program in Milwaukee and before that seminarian formation and parish work in Punjab, India. He made perpetual profession of vows in 1998 and was ordained a priest in 2000. He studied in Rome from 2003-05 and received his Masters in Franciscan Spirituality.

Fr. Michael Sullivan, Capuchin
Fr. Michael Sullivan, Capuchin, Preacher

Father Sullivan joined the preaching staff at Capuchin Retreat in 2021. Fr. Michael entered the Capuchin order in 1971 and was ordained in 1984. He served as provincial minister for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph from 2014-2020. Prior to that, he ministered at St. Clare Montefalco Parish in Chicago from 2002 to 2014.

Lesley Healy
Lesley Healy, Administrative Assistant

Lesley joined the staff in July 2017 as a part time administrative assistant.  Her desire to joyfully serve others leads her here to assist in the hospitality and office work at Capuchin Retreat.

Mike Apigo
Michael Apigo, Maintenance Supervisor

Michael joined us in May 2019 as the Maintenance Supervisor for the entire facility and grounds. He coordinates the day to day upkeep of the center and helps with long-term preventative maintenance. He is ecstatic to be part of a wonderful facility and a very caring staff.

Steve Endres
Steve Endres, Maintenance Staff

Steve Endres has worked in our maintenance department for the past 12 years and coordinates with the Maintenance Supervisor for the smooth running of the facility and grounds on a daily basis.

Christine Pilzninski
Christine Pilzninski, Housekeeper

Christine Pilzninski came on board in March 2019 as the housekeeper. Christine loves how peaceful the Retreat Center is and enjoys the people, the atmosphere, and her job of service.

Extended Preaching Staff

Bridget Theorodoff

Bridget is a staff chaplain at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.  She was a Pastoral Associate at SS. John and Paul Catholic Church for 11 years and while ministering there she was involved in leading sacramental preparation for Baptism and Marriage, R.C.I.A. programming, funeral ministry, retreats, scripture study, and many other adult formation programs.  Bridget studied at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies.  She has also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education through Beaumont.  Bridget has been married to her husband Chris for 27 years and they have two grown children.  Bridget enjoys reading, dancing, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Sally McCuen

Sally guides others to enter into the mystery of God’s love through scripture studies, spiritual direction, and retreats. She works full time at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit. Her background spans high school religion teacher, college adjunct professor, campus minister, RCIA coordinator, and spiritual director. Sally holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She is happily married to Patrick since 1986 and is raising two young adult daughters.

Patty Merlo

Patty is a spiritual director who leads retreats and workshops on prayer, spirituality, and forgiveness. She trained as a hospital chaplain and received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Madonna University with a focus on hospice and bereavement. Additionally, she has taken many post-graduate classes in Sacred Scripture at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake. She and her husband, Tony, love to travel and spend a great deal of time with their four children and seven grandchildren.

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