Fr. Mike Lee was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where he played youth ice hockey from 8 to 17 years of age, and comes from a family of competitive figure skaters. He attended business school at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then worked for a few years before he joined the Jesuits. In 2005, he received his doctoral degree in religious education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, studied Spanish in Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador.
When he was 16 years old, four young Jesuit seminarians at Creighton Preparatory School, inspired him and his classmates to risk being men for others. These four young Jesuits frequently spoke about the 100 families in Omaha that went hungry at Christmas. No social service agency was helping these families. Fr. Mike and his friends joined a school-wide fast day, and they experienced hunger in their own bodies. Working in concert with many others, they were able to accomplish far more than any single person or little group of friends could accomplish. Rigorous thinking, solving problems for people in need, working together, and recruiting other to join them — he loved the whole process. He decided then he wanted to do that for the rest of his life. He still does.
He came to Dolores Mission in the summer of 2012. For years, he taught Theology at the university, now the people of Dolores Mission teach him about God and faith. After many years at university, he is slowly learning to listen to the wisdom of God spoken by members of the small, supportive communities at Dolores Mission, including victims of violent crime, the prayer group, and the families of the incarcerated.
Called to holiness, they strive to enact Catholic Social Teaching and Tradition. People and priests together, all dedicated to prayer, to the practices of faith/justice that the gospels require, and to actualizing the Social teachings of the Church that began in 1878 with Pope Leo XIII.