Michael Casteel

Deacon Michael T. Casteel

St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church

My name is Michael T. Casteel and I was recently ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church. I was born in 1972 at Fort Hood Army base outside of Killeen, Texas. My family and I moved to Maryville in 1973 after my father enrolled at NWMSU. I have two younger sisters. We became members of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church and I attended 1st-8th grade there at the Catholic school. The school at that time did not have preschool or kindergarten. Today it is preschool through 8th grade. I attended Maryville R-II High School where I graduated in 1991. I went to NWMSU and graduated in 1996 with a major in geography and a minor in geology.

During high school and college I was pretty lukewarm about my relationship with Christ even though I had received all the sacraments in the church. The only reason I feel like I went to church was to satisfy my parents. It’s not like I hated church, but I had no motivation to attend.

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