1937-
Michael Cullinan

November 22, 1937, Dearborn, Michigan.

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Cullinan pre­pared for the min­is­try of the Luth­er­an Church - Mis­sou­ri Syn­od at Con­cor­dia The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry in Spring­field, Il­linois. He was or­dained in 1964, and served par­ish­es in Os­we­go, Kan­sas, and West­land, Mi­chi­gan.

After half a doz­en years as a Lu­ther­an pas­tor, he left par­ish min­is­try to work on a mas­ter’s de­gree in Guid­ance and Coun­sel­ing at Wayne State Un­i­ver­si­ty in De­troit, Mi­chi­gan. He con­tin­ued with post-mas­ter’s cours­es there, and served on the ac­a­dem­ic fa­cul­ty.

Cullinan con­tin­ued to feel drawn to the min­is­try, though, ev­en af­ter a de­cade in ac­a­dem­ia. That sense of call­ing and a cer­tain wan­der­lust en­ticed him west, where he joined a small Church of the East mon­as­te­ry in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. There he was or­dained as a priest on the Feast of the Dor­mi­tion, Au­gust 15, 1982, and took the re­li­gious name of Mi­chael.

That com­mun­i­ty ul­ti­mate­ly dis­band­ed, and sev­er­al years la­ter, Cul­li­nan and other priests or­gan­ized the Ho­ly In­car­na­tion Mon­as­te­ry in Al­pine, Cal­i­for­nia. This small group of bro­thers in­volved it­self in the min­is­try of pray­er and char­it­a­ble ser­vic­es. Cull­i­nan him­self worked among de­vel­op­ment­al­ly dis­a­bled ad­ults. Af­ter a few years in Al­pine, it be­came ev­i­dent Cal­i­forn­ia was too ex­pens­ive for monks to live fru­gal­ly, and the mon­as­te­ry dis­band­ed.

Cullinan stayed in the San Di­e­go area for a cou­ple of years, liv­ing the life of an as­ce­tic on Mount Pal­o­mar. In 1993, he left for Or­e­gon, where he be­gan work­ing among ad­ults with de­vel­op­ment­al dis­a­bil­i­ties. Dur­ing this time, he wrote sev­er­al hymns while serv­ing as priest for a lo­cal Ang­li­can par­ish.

  1. Come, Lord Jesus, Our Re­deem­er
  2. Holy Fa­ther, God Al­migh­ty
  3. Holy, Ho­ly, Ho­ly Lord
  4. O Lord Je­sus, Lamb of God
  5. O Lord, Our God, in Ad­or­a­tion
  6. On This Night, Most Ho­ly
  7. Our Fa­ther’s Love
  8. While the World Await­ed