Reverend Monsignor Michael R. Billian was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Toledo in America on June 9, 1984. He was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI on October 30, 2010.
Monsignor Billian was appointed the Dean of the Saint Agnes Deanery and Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Toledo by Bishop Leonard Blair on September 1, 2011. He also serves as the president of MAREDA, the Catholic diocesan low income housing corporation which extends the church’s ministry of housing to the elderly and people with disabilities who are economically challenged. He is a member of the Finance Council of the diocese, the Bishop’s delegate for the To Protect and to Heal policy and a delegate of the Bishop for the celebration of Confirmation. He also serves as the Chaplain to the Genesis Chapter of Legatus.
Prior to his appointment to Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Monsignor Billian served in a number of administrative roles in the Chancery of the Diocese of Toledo since 1999. Under the late Bishop James Hoffman he served as Vicar General and Chancellor and when Bishop Leonard Blair was installed as the seventh Bishop of Toledo on December 4, 2003 by he was also appointed Moderator of the Curia and Episcopal Vicar for Administration.
Monsignor Billian served as the Pastor of The Historic Church of Saint Patrick in downtown Toledo, from 1997 until 2005. He also served as the Pastor and President of Central Catholic High School, a position he held from 1987 to 1999.
During his tenure at Toledo Central Catholic High School, he also served as Chaplain of Saint Louis Parish in Toledo and the Religious Education Consultant in the Catholic Schools Office. Prior to that, he served as Associate Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish and Assistant Principal of Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont.
He also is a member of a number of community boards including the American Red Cross, Saint Clare Commons, Monsignor Jerome E. Schmit Youth Foundation, Farley Healthcare Corporation and the Italian American Sports Club. Active in civic affairs, Monsignor Billian has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and dedication to enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Ohio including the Twenty Under Forty Leadership Award, Civitas Citizen Award, the Toledo City League Hall of Fame Distinguished Citizen and the Harrington Award for service to Central Catholic High School.
He graduated from Holy Spirit Seminary High School and the Pontifical College Josephinum. He also holds Master Degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West, in Cincinnati.