Richard R. Mickley photographs
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Photographs documenting Richard R. Mickley's personal life and his service to the Metropolitan Community Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
- circa 1988-1991
- Mickley, Dick (Richard Raymond) (Person)
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Richard Raymond Mickley was the oldest of ten children of Raymond and Clara Mickley of Danville, Ohio. He entered Brunnerdale Seminary of the Society of the Precious Blood in Canton, Ohio at the age of 13. His superiors advised him to leave the seminary and find “a nice wife.” After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea during the police action, he met his future wife, Nancy with whom he would have eight children. He taught Latin and later owned and operated a restaurant with his wife. He returned to Catholic parish work as the Director of Religious Education in Michigan, one of the first five lay directors in the United States. For many years he worked with Ralph Martin and Steve Clark in the National Cursillo Movement Leadership and later in the Catholic Charismatic movement. He was named one of the first lay ministers of the Eucharist in the country.
While in Detroit he realized he was gay and he became involved with the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). Mickley went on to join a group of pastors who took turns leading worship services to bring “religious liberation” to the people of Detroit. After hearing fiery speeches by Reverend Troy Perry, the pastors decided to bring the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) to Detroit. He was later called to serve as Assistant Pastor of MCC in Chicago. As this developed, Mickley's family suffered; he and Nancy decided to end their marriage.
From Chicago, Mickley moved to Phoenix where he worked with Reverend Joseph Gilbert. Gilbert introduced him to prison ministry and inspired him to write the Prison Ministry Handbook. He was then invited to Los Angeles to head the Prison Ministry office and serve as the Director of Publications. Mickley also worked in the parish ministry at MCC Los Angeles, later as the interim pastor in Upland, and then as pastor of MCC Ventura. He took a leave of absence and earned a master’s degree in psychological counseling at Sierra University, and then a Ph.D. in clinical psychology specializing in LGBT relationships at International College in 1983.
In 1988 he was called back into parish ministry through the intervention of Reverend Ken Martin and soon thereafter was called as pastor to MCC Auckland, New Zealand. After three and half years in Auckland, Mickley answered a desperate plea from the Philippines in May 1991. He networked with them for five weeks and on June 26, 1991, he held the first public gay and lesbian pride mass in the Philippines at the high altar of the Holy Child National Cathedral with 50 people in attendance. A week later he left for Los Angeles with a petition signed by 43 gay and lesbian Christians calling for him to return to Manila and set up a church. With the approval of Reverend Perry and the MCC Board of Elders, Mickley established MCC Manila on September 7, 1991. It was the first openly gay and lesbian organization in the country. In 1992 Pro Gay with MCC Manila as a co-sponsor held the first gay and lesbian pride parade in Asia. The parade was held with 50 brave gays and lesbians marching on a rainy day, June 26, 1994. In 1995, MCC pastoral policy required Mickley to retire. He then founded the Order of St. Aelred to continue his pastoral work, but not to duplicate the MCC parish ministry.
In 2004 Bishop James Burch, founding and presiding Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit, ordained Father Richard Mickley as a bishop to enhance their ministry to the LGBT community. He was honored as one of ten outstanding elderly people in 2013 in the Philippines by the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE). He also founded a wellness program, The Well, for persons living with HIV and those attempting to overcome addictions.
Mickley, Michael R. "Bishop Richard Mickley, CDOD, Ph.D." The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Religious Archives Network. http://www.lgbtran.org/Profile.aspx?ID=247 (retrieved August 28, 2014).
The Catholic Dioceses of One Spirit. "Catholic Dioceses of One Spirit in Philippines." http://onespiritcatholic.org/our-members-of-the-catholic-church/catholic-diocese-of-one-spirit-in-philippines (retrieved August 28, 2014).
45 Photographic Prints
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Photographs documenting Richard R. Mickley personal life and his service to the Metropolitan Community Church in Auckland, New Zealand.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Richard R. Mickley, circa 1988.
- Finding Aid to Richard R. Mickley Photographs
- Michael C. Oliveira
- (c) 2014
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- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.