Deacon Ken’s Page

Deacon Ken Kochany’s Biography:

I was born on October 23, 1948, in Bay City, Michigan, and have resided here all of my life. I was the third of five children born to the late Andrew and Angeline Kochany. I graduated from St James High School in 1966, Central Michigan University in 1970, and earned a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Assumption University in Winsor, Ontario, Canada, in 2009. I retired from General Motors Corporation where I was an accountant with 34 years of service. I have been a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, formerly St Mary’s since 1975.

On November 7, 1998, I married Mary Kruizenga, my best friend. Between us we have five children and ten grandchildren. My wife Mary and our family have been for me, God’s continual loving embrace this side of Heaven. I thank God for their presence every day of my life.

It has been the desire of my heart for many years to serve Our Lord as a Deacon in the Church. When I retired from General Motors in 2005,
I actively pursued my calling to become a Deacon obtaining a Master’s
degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2009. Upon obtaining this degree, I applied for acceptance into the Deacon formation program in the Diocese of

The five-year formation program culminated for mw on June 11, 2017, the glorious day when I was ordained a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, by Bishop Joseph Cistone, for the Diocese of Saginaw.

As you know, I have served Our Lady of Peace Parish as your Deacon since 2017 and recently was appointed by Bishop Walter Hurley as your Director of Parish Life. It’s with a grateful, humble heart that I accepted this assignment and look forward to being your Servant as together we journey the road of faith to our destination, life on high in Christ Jesus our Lord. Shalom, Deacon Ken