Fr. John Byers


Peace be with you and welcome to our website.  I am happy to share with you a bit of my background and a few thoughts about IHM Parish.  

As the third of 8 children (six girls and two boys) I was raised in Lansing with a Catholic School education from Grades 1 through 12. My journey to priesthood followed 17 years in the business world in Detroit and New York. 

I was appointed pastor of IHM in June of 1998 following a three-year assignment in Ann Arbor.   I am constantly energized and blessed by the many opportunities the Lord provide for me in the service of our parish and our school. 

At IHM we serve a diverse population that comes from all sections of the greater Lansing area. In addition, we have a growing immigrant population from Africa.

Prior to accepting the call to be a priest, I spent 17 years in business in Detroit and New York. As pastor and priest, today I seek to inspire nearly 1200 families to be Christ-centered and spirit-led in all that we do.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share with them the good news of God’s love so clearly present in and through the person of Jesus Christ.

Having grown up in Catholic Schools (Lansing St. Mary, O’Rafferty) I am a strong supporter of Catholic education. I continue to support significant efforts to make our school more affordable and available for all families who desire a Catholic School education for their children. For all others, we offer a strong family-based faith formation program

On a personal note, I am one of eight children born to the late Robert and Marion Byers.  When I am not serving in the parish or participating in various events of the Diocese, you will find me at the gym, on the tennis court or gathering with one or more of my seven siblings.  I enjoy the sports, arts and entertainment opportunities that are offered in the Lansing area and beyond.

Thanks for your inquiry.   I hope your experience of our parish is grace-filled and life giving.  I look forward to meeting you.

In Jesus Through Mary.

 Fr. John Byers

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