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.
Fr. Bob brings a lot of energy. He is a big proponent of Catholic schools and is committed to ensuring the success and advancement of our parish. He is also an avid and talented photographer, so you’ll be sure to see him out and about at parish events taking pictures!
I am so grateful and excited to be welcomed to Divine Child as one of your next associate pastors. Everything that I have ever heard about your parish is awesome! I have been an associate pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington for the past four years, which is how long I have been ordained as a priest. I am 35 years old and grew up in Oxford, MI with my parents Paul and Judy and sister Katie who is just eleven months younger than me. I attended Oxford Public Schools and graduated high school in 2003. My sister lives in Chicago with her husband Mike. They just had their first child last summer, a little girl named Morgan.
I grew up playing a lot of sports but my favorites were hockey and football. My dad taught me how to skate when I was just 4 years old and I continued playing hockey all the way into college for Oakland University's club team. I may be a little slower but I have continued to play weekly the past few years in men's leagues. I also like to golf, fly fish, ski, and go camping.
I attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for six years and was ordained on May 14, 2016. I absolutely love being a priest and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever end up doing what I do. But it is amazing! I am ever grateful to live a life that brings peace, hope, and love to the people of the world, especially through the sacraments. I have very much been anticipating joining you on your journey as disciples of the Lord Jesus! Here we go!
Dear Parishioners of Divine Child,
I am blessed to be with you as Associate Pastor. The priesthood is a tremendous gift from God, and I look forward to beginning it with you. After eight years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, I was ordained a priest on June sixth. Looking back, I often wonder how I ended up here.
Growing up I enjoyed the outdoors - hiking, fishing, etc. My family was strong in the faith, and living with my seven sisters was always something of an adventure. As a teen, I mostly just wanted to live an ordinary life, and though I heard the call to the priesthood when I was young, most of high school was spent trying to ignore it. It was not that I doubted God's call; I doubted whether I could really be happy giving up a family of my own. Eventually I decided to trust him, and followed his call into seminary.
The past eight years at seminary were filled with many challenges and blessings as I further discerned God's call, and began to prepare for the priesthood. In seminary I began to dive deeper into the beautiful truths of our faith, I grew to see my fellow seminarians as brothers in the Lord, and often came face to face with my own shortcomings as I began to pursue a life of holiness in earnest.
My first few weeks as a priest have been filled with gratitude to God for calling me, though unworthy, to share in the priesthood of his Son. I am eager to get to know you, and live my priesthood with and for you.
My name is Robert “Bob” Calleja (last name commonly pronounced Kall-ee-jah although all my Maltese friends tell me the correct pronunciation is Kall-aa-yah … I’ll answer to either 😊). I am 47 yrs old. I was raised just down the road in Redford Twp. by my parents Clyde & Joan. I am the oldest of three brothers (me, Keith, and Tod). I graduated from Redford Union HS in 1991. I have been married 19 yrs to my wonderful wife Christine and am father to our beloved daughter Alexa (13). I am primarily a finish carpenter by trade but I have worked in all the major trades as a residential and commercial remodeling contractor for 25 yrs before accepting my current position as the facilities & maintenance director at St. Edith Catholic Church & School in Livonia.
My faith journey through life might be one relatively common as a story today, involving a nominal Catholic childhood faith, a time of adolescent and young adulthood wandering, and then a profound conversion experience. I would describe my conversion as a powerful moment of awakening to a deep awareness that Our Lord was on my trail, followed by recognition that I genuinely wanted to be found by Him. Soon after this experience I met Christine (my wife) and together, we began to move towards the Lord in His Church. In preparation for our marriage I needed to go through the RCIA process to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and it was there in that process that we both really fell in love with Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith. At the Easter Vigil 2001 I was Confirmed and my soul was set on fire for the Lord. From there I began to read and study our Faith intensely. I began taking classes at the Seminary just to learn more. After about 14 yrs of prayerful discernment and a few nudges along the way I, with my wife’s blessing, applied for entry into the formation program to become a Permanent Deacon. God opened all the doors along the way until finally on October 17th this year I was ordained. Perhaps the greatest blessing of all is that I’ve been assigned to serve at Divine Child! I feel grateful to be called to serve you all in Christ Jesus and I very much look forward to meeting and getting to know all the wonderful families here at this faithful, vibrant, active parish and school. God bless you always!