Father Mark Makowski was ordained in 1987 and served as Pastor at St. John Catholic Parish in Grand Marais, and Holy Rosary Parish in Grand Portage in the diocese of Duluth. Fr. Makowski also spent time at parishes in Ely, Brainerd, Pine Beach, and Duluth.
In 1995 Fr. Makowski pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct after giving a 16 year old boy alcohol and abusing him at St. Johns rectory. He was sentenced to six months in prison and seven years probation for the sexual abuse. As of 2008 Makowski was working in a leadership role with the Episcopal Diocese in Minneapolis.