Father Michael Silloway, who is 32, is currently the chaplain at St. Pius X High School in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Raised in metro Atlanta, he was inspired by the Christ-like example of his grandfather, who was a permanent deacon serving in parishes and prisons in New York State, but he was also attracted to the adventure of flying and hoped to join the Air Force. After graduating from McIntosh High School, he entered the University of Georgia and the Air Force ROTC.
His dream of being a pilot was short-circuited by partial color-blindness. Through the answered prayers of both of his grandparents, he opted to dive into a vocation to the priesthood instead of becoming “the best Catholic pilot the military had ever seen.” From the University of Georgia, he transferred to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, after being accepted by the archdiocese as a priest candidate.
After graduation from Franciscan University, he was sent to Rome, Italy, to complete five years of study at the Pontifical North American College. He was ordained a priest for the Atlanta Archdiocese in 2010. Father Silloway also holds a graduate degree in sacred theology from the John Paul II Institute in Rome for Studies in Marriage and the Family.
Joyous and filled with zeal for the Lord, he is often invited to preach, speak, and lead retreats. He served as a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. before being assigned as chaplain at St. Pius X.