"OUR LIVES ARE NEVER STATIC, YET THE ONE THING THAT REMAINS CONSTANT IS THE PROMISE OF GOD’S EVER PRESENT LOVE FOR US IN HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST. AT THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE, IN THE DEPTH OF OUR SOULS, IS THE ABIDING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT COMPELS US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE AND TRUST."
We welcome you to the Church of the Divine Child parish.
Fr. Jim Bilot
Reverend James Bilot was born at St. John Hospital in Detroit and is the fifth of six children born to Walter and Virginia Bilot. He was reared in St. Clair Shores and attended the Lakeview Public Schools. His home parish is St. Germaine and while in high school was part of the parish teen club. After high school graduation, he attended Macomb Community College and Wayne State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. He then entered the business work force. Throughout his schooling and working, he remained active in his home parish where he oversaw the teen club, read at weekend Masses and became involved with the Commissions and Parish Council. It was through this active parish life that the call to the priesthood was placed deep within his heart and he accepted.
Reverend Bilot entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit in the fall of 1986. In the spring of 1992, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree, which required the same educational time frame as a medical doctor. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 27, 1992. The Archbishop, Cardinal Maida then assigned Reverend Bilot to the Church of the Divine Child, Dearborn, for his first Associate Pastorship. In July 1996, he was then assigned to St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills, for his second associate assignment. In July 1998. He became the Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Harper Woods, MI, with additional responsibilities at Bishop Gallagher High School. In addition, he went for training as a Spiritual Director. Then in July 2000, Cardinal Maida requested Reverend Bilot to be the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He served as the Director of Vocations until July, 2007 when asked by Cardinal Maida to return to Divine Child as pastor since Monsignor Kucyk was retiring. He accepted the position and now is in his eleventh year as the Pastor of Divine Child that has viable elementary and high school.
In addition to his ministry as Associate Pastor and Pastor, Reverend Bilot was an active member on the Presbyteral Council and on the Priesthood Convocation Committee for ten years. He also held the honor of being one of the Master of Ceremonies at the Cathedral for 15 years. Because of his spiritual training, he became and remains as a spiritual director for the seminarians. To this day, Reverend James Bilot recognizes the priesthood as a beautiful ministry and blessing to have received from the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Hello! It is such an honor to be able to be here at Divine Child to serve as your new Parochial Vicar. My name is Fr. Matthew Hood and I was just ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 3, 2017. For the next two years, I will have the ominous title of being the youngest priest in the diocese.
I am so thankful to God for calling me to this vocation. Even in the past few weeks of experiencing priesthood, I have been humbled and consoled by what Jesus has been able to do in and through my priesthood. As I will be serving here with you for the next three years, please allow me to quickly introduce myself.
I grew up in Oakland Twp., Michigan along with my parents, Randy and Denise, and my twin brother named Brandon. As I was growing up, the faith was mainly just paid attention to on Sundays and when I had to go to catechism. During my time in high school, I started to look at the Church as merely a set of rules. It was in initially trying to disprove the truth of the Church, which I saw as an oppressive set of rules, that I began to discover that God is real and Jesus came to save us from our sins. It was in Jesus that I realized my heart was longing for all along. While I was asking these questions of Jesus and the Church, I began to spend time in the adoration chapel at my home parish. In spending time with Jesus in the Eucharist, I not only learned who Jesus was on an intellectual level but I began to fall in love with Him. In the stillness of that chapel, I began to hear Jesus saying to me “come follow me” as a priest.
After graduating from Lake Orion High School in 2008, I went to Central Michigan University. After one year at CMU, I couldn’t wait any longer and I entered seminary. Now, eight years later, and after much formation, prayer and travels around the world, God has brought me here to Divine Child to begin my priesthood. Praise God! I am looking forward to meeting each one of you as we all take up the mission to evangelize. Please introduce yourself if you see me. I cannot wait to see the things the Lord has in store for us.