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By Mark Haney
The Catholic Times

LANSING — For the first time since handing out the Mother Seton Gifted Educator Award began in 1998, the honor given by the Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation is being shared. But instead of the $1,000 award being split, it still is going to just one school, for professional development or classroom aids and materials for use.

That’s because both winners are from Immaculate Heart of Mary-St. Casimir School in Lansing. The honorees this were Principal Angela Johnston and Administrative Assistant Mary Margaret Utess. (more…)

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Sr. Rose Marian Ayre smiles at the covey of children who surround her during Sister Camp at St. Monica Parish and School in Kalamazoo.

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly and Times

KALAMAZOO — For 167 children in grades 1-8, summer camp this year was an awful lot like school.

It ran Monday through Friday, June 13-17; went nearly all day, was in classrooms at St. Monica School, included lunch and recess and involved learning things from the nuns.

Oh, wait a minute. That last part was nothing like going to school. (more…)

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Coldwater St. Charles Centennial Dinner, celebrating 100 years, 1911-2011, will be July 16, with Mass at 5:00 p.m. in the church. A dinner will follow in the gym (there is no cost for the dinner, but a donation basket will be available). This is a time for St. Charles supporters and alumni to come together, get reacquainted and celebrate 100 years since the school first opened and formal Catholic education was established in Coldwater. Courtesy photo

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KALAMAZOO —Deacon Ted Martin was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kalamazoo on Saturday, June 25. Bishop Paul J. Bradley presided. Ted is the son of Craig and Beth Martin and is a member of St. Ann Parish, Augusta.
Deacon Ted Martin will finish studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Fr. Martin has been appointed Parochial Vicar for St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, Kalamazoo. †

Bishop Bradley accepts the gifts from Fr. Martin’s nephew.

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GAYLORD — Two new deacons were ordained for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on the weekend of June 11—12. On Saturday, Deacon Joseph Ortega was ordained at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey, while Deacon Peter Wigton was ordained on Sunday at Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, their respective home parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord.

GAYLORD — Two new deacons were ordained for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on the weekend of June 11—12. On Saturday, Deacon Joseph Ortega was ordained at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey, while Deacon Peter Wigton was ordained on Sunday at Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, their respective home parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord.
Deacons receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way, particularly in the ministry of service and charity. Both of the new deacons are transitional deacons who will continue their formation and preparation leading to ordination to the priesthood.
A native of Illinois, Deacon Ortega has been assigned to serve St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. His priestly ordination is scheduled to take place this December and is expected to be the final diocesan celebration of this 40th Anniversary year.
“Joe brings a great energy and enthusiasm to every encounter,” stated Fr. Don Geyman, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Gaylord. “He has made a strong connection with people in the short time he has been involved in our diocese. We look forward to the many ways he will bless our local church in the future.

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda (below) lays hands on Peter Wigton, thus ordaining him deacon.

A native of Cedar, Deacon Wigton will spend this summer serving at Cross in the Woods Parish in Indian River before returning to the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio this fall to complete his final year of study.
Prior to the ordination ceremonies, Fr. Geyman said, “Peter’s prayer life and his visible love for the Lord and the people of God are obvious to those who know him. We are blessed to have another member of the Wigton family in ordained ministry for the Diocese of Gaylord.”
To learn more about the new deacons or for information about vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord, log on to www.dioceseofgaylord.org.†

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CONWAY — On Monday and Tuesday, June 27-28, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda, fellow priests and pastoral administrators met at the Augustine Center for prayer, discussion, celebration and to honor priests commemorating milestones of service to the Church.
Priests celebrating significant jubilees this year include Frs. David P. DuPuis, Arthur C. Mulka, Albin J. Gietzen, Thomas M. Dominiak, Harry Speckman, O.F.M., Bernard Tyler, Thomas Vos, O.F.M., Lawrence E. Boks, Francis J. Murphy, Dennis R. Stilwell, Michael Fowler, O.F.M., Joseph P. Graff, Raymond C. Cotter, Kenneth R. Stachnik, Charles G. Donajkowski, James P. Hayden, Gerard A. Hunko, Donald R. Geyman, Chad W. Zielinski, Artur F. Duchnowicz, Lawrence J. Sergott, Matthew A. Wigton, Craig Haider and Rolando Silva.

Fr. David P. DuPuis
60 years
Born: Sept. 9, 1927
Seminary: Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and North American College in Rome.
Ordained: Dec. 8, 1951 at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing.
Service: Various assignments throughout the Diocese of Lansing including pastorates at St. Joseph Parish in Gaines, St. Augustine Parish in Deerfield Township and St. Mary Parish in Chelsea. Retired from the Diocese of Lansing in 1998.
Current: Sacramental minister to Holy Redeemer Parish in Vanderbilt.

Fr. Arthur C. Mulka
60 years
Born: March 20, 1926
Seminary: St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Ordained: June 2, 1951 at St. Mary Cathedral in Saginaw.
Service: Various assignments throughout the Dioceses of Saginaw and Gaylord including pastorates at St. Augustine in Hillman, St. Rose of Lima in Herron, Holy Rosary in Cedar; St. Mary in Lake Leelanau, St. Joseph in East Jordan, St. Clement in Pellston and Sacred Heart in Elk Rapids.
Current: Senior priest. (more…)

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High schoolers participating in the Youth Encounter Service program offered the week of June 19-24 worked on a home on South 14th Street in Saginaw.

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

SAGINAW — More than 25  young people were changed by a week in Saginaw.

That may sound like a variation of the old W.C. Fields’ line, “I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday,” but it is not.

Instead the young people, from parishes around the Diocese of Saginaw, spent the week of June 19-25 in Saginaw participating in the YES — Youth Encounter Service — program the diocese sponsors each summer to teach high school-age young people about poverty during a week of service to the Saginaw community. (more…)

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The Thumb choir is (front row, from left) Linda Clark of St. Francis Borgia in Pigeon, choir director; Kathy Strieter of Holy Family in Unionville; Dody Yahn and Pat Sampson, both of St. Francis Borgia; Priscilla Kreh of St. Roch in Caseville; Courtney Leppek and Julie Nowiski (organist), both of St. Francis Borgia; (second row) Fr. John Weiss, pastor of St. Francis Borgia and Holy Family; Marilyn Langley of St. Francis Borgia; Kay Eisengruber and Patty Burgette of Holy Family; Kathleen Eichler of St. Francis Borgia and Clarissa LaFlure, visitor; (third row) Sherry Liberacki of Holy Family; David Eichler, Aaron Eichler and Randy Swartzendruber, all of St. Francis Borgia. Debbie Oglenski/Catholic Weekly

By Debbie Oglenski
The Catholic Weekly

PIGEON — Talk about clustering parishes got Linda Clark thinking.

Why not a clustered choir?

From that a Thumb choir was formed during the winter with singers from Holy Family Parish in Unionville, St. Roch Parish in Caseville St. Francis Borgia Parish in Pigeon and St. Felix of Pinnebog. (more…)