Fr. Gordon Reigle
Fr. Gordon Reigle grew up in Jackson, Michigan, studied industrial engineering at Western Michigan University, and worked six years in the IT industry before entering seminary to study at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Ordained for the Diocese of Lansing in 2005, Fr. Gordon has served parishes around the diocese in Saline, Lansing, Flushing and Montrose. He also spent six years in youth ministry as Chaplain of Lansing Catholic High School. Fr. Gordon is now the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish / St. John Church & Student Center in East Lansing. Fr. Gordon was a student at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Jackson Catholic Middle School, and Lumen Christi High School. He graduated from Lumen Christi in 1990.
In reflecting on his years at Lumen Christi, Fr. Gordon has great memories of the positive influence many of the teachers had on his life, including Herb Brogan in History, Mary Ellen Miller in English and German, and Fr. Richard McClernan for Science. “One of the teachers I enjoyed tremendously for every class I could take, but also in terms of my vocation, is Fr. Richard McClernan. I enjoyed his balance, his humor, his love of science and his love of the Lord. It was a passing comment in the library a week before graduation; he said to me ‘Gordon, you would make a good priest.’ Sometimes you just need a little bit of encouragement from someone you know, you love, and you respect.”
Fr. Gordon is encouraged by the faith life of the students and families he serves in East Lansing. “It’s a beautiful age to be able to serve the Church, and see the next generation come up – love the faith, learn the faith, and share the faith – and be their own missionaries. To all of my classmates, we missed our 30th reunion due to covid. I do pray for you and wish you well. Hopefully we’ll be together by the fortieth. God bless you all.”