Fr. Paul Gawlowski, OFM Conv. was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After graduation from St. Mary of Redford Catholic High School, and receiving his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, he moved to Los Angeles in 1982, to work in the Aerospace Industry as an engineer, while earning his Masters Degree in Engineering at University of Southern California. He became a Franciscan Friar in 1991, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1999, after studying at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley CA.  Fr. Paul has ministered as a school teacher, a chaplain at a soup kitchen and a hospital, and in parish ministry. Fr. Paul is currently the pastoral associate at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley, and the Vocation Director for the Western Province of the Conventual Franciscans.
Fr. Paul ministered at St. Paul of the Shipwreck Parish in San Francisco, located in an urban predominantly African-American and Hispanic neighborhood for 17 years. He began as the parish Social Outreach Director where he had been involved in starting and operating a food pantry which serves over 300 clients a week, started and directed an after school athletic, art and tutoring program, and worked in community organizing helping to secure funding for housing and homeless programs. Fr. Paul has been hands-on involved in coaching and teaching inner city youth, and in street ministries to promote peace, healing and prayer in our neighborhoods. He spent his last 10 years at St. Paul of the Shipwreck as Pastor, where in addition to Pastoral Care of the Parish, became involved in the Charismatic Movement and New Evangelization, while continuing his involvement in street anti-violence programs, especially with prayer and vigil services for victims of violence, their families, and the community.