By: Dominique Johnson
For Fr. Mike Galbraith being installed as the new pastor of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Juneau was an honor, but the humble priest expressed that the new title won’t change the way he leads his flock, “I minister to the people, the people should come first,” he said.
Fr. Mike will celebrate his 3rd year as a priest in October and shared that his first year as a priest was a “whirlwind.” Following his ordination, he was assigned to Holy Name in Ketchikan to learn from Fr. Pat Travers, but after a few months was reassigned to Petersburg and Wrangell following the death of Fr. Thomas Weise and in his sixth month of ministry he was again reassigned, this time to St. Paul’s in Juneau. “It was a difficult first year,” he said, “but I received a lot of help from everybody.”
In his two and a half years serving at St. Paul’s, Fr. Mike says that he relies on the input of his parishioners to help make him a better priest, “I always remind myself to be a servant first and everything else comes second.” Becoming a priest later in life has helped give Fr. Mike a servant’s mindset. He said having been someone who has sat in the pews for a number of years, he knows the importance of hearing the input of parishioners.
Though his title has changed, Fr. Mike says the way he leads the people of St. Paul’s won’t change and he looks forward to serving the parish and the diocese in the ways he is needed.