Father Dennis Stilwell

Rev. Dennis Stilwell

Rev. Dennis Stilwell
Pastor St. Francis Xavier Church, Petoskey, MI

Father Dennis Stilwell Bio

Father Dennis Stilwell was the first priest to be ordained for the new Diocese of Gaylord on December 19, 1971. He obtained his degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1976. Afterwards, he was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Gaylord. He served in that capacity for twelve years.

His first pastorate was St. Matthew Parish in Boyne City and St. Augustine Parish in Boyne Falls. From there, he was pastor for 12 years of Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City. He began his pastorate at St. Francis Xavier in Petoskey on November 1, 2001 and remains there to this day. Father Denny was born and raised in Ionia, Michigan.