Deacon Mike was ordained a Roman Catholic deacon in 2004. During this time, he has work in ministry to ex-prisoners and with the help of other volunteers has established a charity called The Friends of Dismas (www.friendsofdismas.ca.)
In 2006, The Friends of Dismas (Dismas being the name given to the Good Thief) was established to encourage people of faith to get involved in creative ministry to those touched by crime.
Walsh was the Executive Director of the Henri Nouwen Society in 2011 and had a 30 year career in the computer industry. He currently serves as a deacon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Markham where he lives with his wife Sue. They have two grown children.
Deacon Mike recently started to blog under the name of the Itinerant Preacher at www.itinerantpreacher.org where he explores spiritual directions for the journey of life.
Mike is a noted public speaker and he combines humor and storytelling to encourage audiences to follow the teachings of the ultimate itinerant preacher-Jesus.