Fr. Michael Bidwell, is the youngest child of Arthur W. and Ann F. Bidwell. Ordained in 1989, Fr. Bidwell began his ministry at St. Teresa of Avila as Associate Pastor. He then served as Associate Pastor of Guardian Angels on the East Side of Cincinnati. His next assignment was as Founding Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Norwood where he worked to form the first Cincinnati Archdiocesan tri-parish merger of Sts. Elizabeth, Matthew, and Peter & Paul Parishes. Following this assignment he served as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Carlisle where he had the opportunity to build a new church for the Sacred Heart parish family, dedicated in 2005. Returning to St. Teresa of Avila in 2012 as Parochial Administrator, Fr. Bidwell is currently serving as Dean of the St. Lawrence Deanery (a four year appointment), and member of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council. On July 1, 2015 he was named Pastor of both St. Teresa of Avila and St. William in Price Hill forming a collaborative Pastoral region between the two parishes. Fr. Bidwell believes that, “Forming this Collaborative Region between two extremely dynamic parish communities is a wonderfully exciting challenge and an opportunity to bring together the best of who we are today for a tomorrow filled with nothing but hope.”
An accomplished orator, Fr. Michael Bidwell has been an annual guest presider and speaker at the Bible Institute hosted at Xavier University. He is also a 25 year member of the Board of Directors of Magnode Corporation, a Bidwell Family Company.
- Associate Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila, Cincinnati, Ohio (1989-1992)
- Associate Pastor, Guardian Angels Parish, Cincinnati , Ohio (1992-1994)
- Founding Pastor, Holy Trinity Church in Norwood (1994-2000)
- Pastor, Sacred Heart, New Carlisle (2000 – 2012)
- Parochial Administrator, St. Teresa of Avila (2012 – 2015)
- Archdiocesan Presbyters Council (2015 – present)
- Dean, St. Lawrence Deanery (2015 – present)
- Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila | St. William, Cincinnati (2015 – present)
“People of God, our Celebration HERE has just begun. But let us go in peace to LOVE and to SERVE the LORD and EACH OTHER.” Spoken at the conclusion of every mass at which Fr. Mike presides.
“Building a church is like building a home,” said Rev. Michael Bidwell of the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart parish in New Carlisle. “It’s not like building an office or a warehouse. We’re not just building for tomorrow. We’re building for the tomorrow of our next generation.” Dayton Business Journal, Sept. 5, 2005