Monsignor Michael Raymond Dylag
  • Memorial donations, in Monsignor's name, may be directed to:
  • Be Not Afraid Center of St. John Paul II
    Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II ul, Totus Tuus 32, 30-610
    Krakow, Poland

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“Father Mike and I met at the Annual Polish Festivals around 1979 in Sterling Heights. We became fast friends. A wonderful personality and uniqueness...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Rick Micciche - Sterling Heights, MI

“My condolences to the family. I lived next door. We are writing an update to the history of our city, Pleasant Ridge, and we're including a section...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Donley - Pleasant Ridge, MI

Father Monsignor Michael Dylag with Saint Pope John Paull II “I met Father Mike in 8/2015 at St Thomas Moore Church in Troy MI. This man was truly blessed. His smile and the inner peace he portrayed manifested...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: MARK STEPHEN - Troy, MI - Friend

“Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I am forever grateful to Monsignor for including my parents on several trips to Rome and the Vatican for audiences with JP2. I am especially grateful...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Jon Peteuil - Phoenix, AZ

“I am so grateful to Monsignor Mike for celebrating the 6 AM Mass most mornings at St. Cyril & Methodius Church in Sterling Heights. I had the...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Barb Yagley - Troy, MI

“Rest in Peace Monsignor Dylag, you will be missed. Thanks for being a great priest and friend. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Brent T

“I just realized a few years ago that it was Fr. Dylag who baptized me while he served as a parochial vicar at St. Paul Parish in Greensburg. Eternal...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Sharon Highberger - Greensburg, PA

“Drogi Michelu, tak szybko odszede, wspominamy Ci i modlimy si za Ciebie w Krakowie. Wszyscy z którymi si spotkae w trakcie Twoich wizyt, bardzo...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Wadysaw Andreasik - Kraków

“Dear Monsignor Michael, I appreciated the time your spent with me on my trip to Krakow and the opportunity to visit with the Cardinal of Krakow. May...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Joseph Dylag - Wilsonville, OR

“Monsignor Dylan I will never forget the way you treated everyone as family. And the day you took time out of your day to come to children's hospital...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Carrie Winchel - Taylor, MI

“A great friend, listener, and story teller. You will be blessed and missed. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Catalano - Rochester Hills, MI

“Msgr, Mike and my husband Pete Ziebron were friends for many years dating back to when they were roommates at Orchard Lake.When Pete died in October...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Kristina (Tina) Ziebron - FL

“Our sincere condolences to the Dylag family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Your neighbor.. - MI

“Thank you Father!!! We really enjoyed having you at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Matelics ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Beth Matelic - Wyandotte, MI

“As an Usher at St. Louise in Warren, Msgr loved his homilies about his time with the Pope. We enjoyed his stories about his times with JP2 when he...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: M Okragleski - Warren, MI

“I first met Father Mike over thirty years ago when he was at Orchard Lake. He was everything a priest is supposed to be: kind, humble and helpful. He...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Steve Rogalla

“Thank you for saying the 6:00am Mass for us so many years. May your soul Rest In Peace ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Michelle Burke - Sterling hgts, MI

“I first met Father Mike in 1975 when my good friend Mike Lapinski was on the board of Orchard Lake Saint Mary's and Father Mike was in charge of...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Lawrence Denton - Birmingham, MI

“Thank you Father. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Theresa Cusumano - MI

“I have known Monsignor Dylag for about 25 years. I am sorry I did not get to see since the summer. not a chance to see him since the summwe. RIP. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Nacelewicz - Friend

“It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye to a man whom I admired and respected. I had the privilege to know Monsignor Mike personally and to...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Leeper - Warren, MI

“So many memories from over the years at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wyandotte. I will remember you in my prayers, Monsignor. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Mark Zielman - Wyandotte, MI

“Thank you, Monsignor, for everything you did for your parishioners through the years! Time to rest... until we meet again! ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Donna Marzolf - Wyandotte, MI


Monsignor Michael Raymond Dylag, age 80, a retired priest of the Diocese of Greensburg whose ministry led to meetings with religious leaders including St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and also with Presidents, died Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Lourdes Healthcare Facility in Waterford, Michigan.

Monsignor Dylag was born October 6, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Michael C. Dylag and the late Stephanie (nee: Czechowicz) Dylag. He was baptized at St. Barbara Parish in Cleveland where he also attended primary school as a boy. At age 13, he entered St. Bonaventure Minor Seminary and High School in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. He attended college at St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He went on to attend seminary at both SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan and St. Maur in Kentucky. He was ordained a priest on May 15, 1965 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Monsignor Michael Dylag was predeceased by his parents and was the dear brother of Loretta (the late Stanley) Lobaza, Carol Ann (the late Andrew) Molek, and the late Lawrence Dylag. Monsignor is further survived by his sister in-law, Loretta Dylag, as well as his dear nephews, nieces, and great-nephews, and nieces. Additional survivor's of Monsignor include his beloved Orchard Lake St. Mary's Community, St. Louise Community, the Mount Carmel Community of Wyandotte, and many other areas he served in fulfillment of his priestly duties.

In a 2015 interview with The Catholic Accent newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg for the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Monsignor Dylag said he visited with Pope John Paul II about five times a year, had visited 76 countries, and was honored to have personally met with St. Mother Teresa, the late President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, former President Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, and King Hussein of Jordan.

Monsignor Dylag first met Pope John Paul in Pittsburgh in 1969 and had traveled to Rome many times to concelebrate Mass and have dinner with His Eminence.
Monsignor Dylag served as parochial vicar of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish in New Kensington (1965-67), the former St. Mary Parish and Holy Trinity Parish, both in Ford City (1967-69), and St. Paul Parish, Greensburg (1969-72). He served as pastor of the former Holy Trinity Parish in Connellsville, and its chapel in Dawson (1972-74), and the former St. Francis of Paola Parish in Ford City (1974-76).

In 1976, he was released from the diocese to take a position as assistant development director at Orchard Lake Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan.
In 1994, at the request of Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Adam Maida, a native son of the Diocese of Greensburg, Monsignor Dylag was named to the development team for the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Following, he was named a domestic prelate on Aug. 28, 1996. Monsignor Dylag retired in 2009 and was living in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, celebrating Mass at parishes and senior living facilities in the Detroit area.

Visitation for Monsignor Dylag with be held at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren on Sunday, December 9th from 2-9 pm, with a 7pm Evening Vigil Service. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake - Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II. Monsignor Dylag will lie in state on Monday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 am. Officiating the Funeral Liturgy will be Bishop Robert Fisher.

Memorial donations, in Monsignor's name, may be made to the Be Not Afraid Center of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. Donations can be sent to Sanktuarium Swietego Jana Pawla II ul. Totus Tuus 32, 30-610 Krakow, Poland.

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