|Birth: ||May 8, 1936|
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 1990|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Father Michael Binette, CSP, was born on May 8, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in New Hampshire, and in 1961 graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Theater Arts.
After two years in the U.S. Army Special Forces, in 1965 he entered the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity in Huntsville, Utah. He left the monastery in 1971 searching for a community "more au courant" with the needs of the church at the time.
He discovered the Paulists and entered the novitiate in 1972. He made his first profession on August 19, 1973, and was ordained a Catholic priest on May 13, 1978, with Paulist classmates Fathers Patrick Hensy, John Cheviot, Charles Kullmann, James Utendorf and Richard Sparks.
Fr. Binette's first years as a Paulist priest were spent as assistant in parishes in Portland, Oregon, Greeley, Colorado, and at the UCLA Newman Center. In 1982 he was appointed director of the Information Center in Montreal. In 1985 he moved to Layton, Utah, to take up parish work at St. Rose of Lima church.
By 1988, struggling with illness, he returned to New York City and offered a series of highly popular scripture classes to parishioners at Saint Paul the Apostle church. It was there that he passed away on this day in 1990 at the age of 54 after 12 years as a Paulist priest.
At Fr. Mike's funeral on August 7, 1990, Father Richard Colgan, CSP, said this about him: "Mike is now in the loving embrace of our wonderful and vibrant God forever. He is undoubtedly in a front row seat: there are no second class citizens in the heavenly kingdom. One of Mike's most Christlike qualities was that of treating all people as first class, be they light-skinned or dark-skinned, male or female, young or old, straight or gay, all were treated with the love that Christ himself showed to all peoples. In our faith we believe the reign of God has already begun here on earth. I believe one of the ways for others to experience this from us is to treat them always as first rate. What a way to pay tribute to Mike who did that so well!"
Saint Thomas the Apostle Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Paulist Archives
Record added: Jul 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93727554
Fr. Mike: I received word of your death on the day I took First Promises as a Paulist. It was only a few hours but I'm grateful that we were members of the same community.|
Added: Jul. 12, 2014
Rest In Peace, Father Michael!|
Added: Nov. 1, 2012