Deacon Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Glendale, Queens NY and later on Long Island in Farmingdale NY. He has been married to his wife Sue Ann for 38 years where they have lived on Long Island in Copiague NY. They have owned a home in Murrells Inlet for the past 9 years and have made the move permanently as of November 1, 2019.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. He has retired from a career in retail asset protection/loss prevention while working for the retailers- The Home Depot, Sears Holdings and the 7-Eleven corporation. In 2008, he began seminary formation through The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception earning a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies and was ordained a permanent deacon in May 2012 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, serving the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption. Deacon Mikes wife, Sue Ann recently retired from Nassau University Medical Center where she was a medical technologist. They raised two children: Ryan Appel of Levittown NY who is a 1st Captain in the NY Army National guard and works for the Department of Defense and Lindsay Appel of Long Beach NY who works for an accounting firm in New York City.