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San Hoyumpa Ordained to the Priesthood
On Saturday, January 10, Santiago Hoyumpa was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Approximately 30 priests concelebrated at the liturgy which was attended by over 300 parishioners. A bus from the Detroit area carried many of Fr. San's friends to Gaylord, along with Fr. Bob Keller, to join in this wonderful celebration for our diocese. Hoyumpa was born April 5, 1943 in General Santos City in the Philippines and is one of four children born to Anastacio and Lamberta Hoyumpa. Hoyumpa was married to Elenita for 31 years, who passed away in 2001, and is the father of four children: Vincent, Nicole, Kenneth and Andre, and several grandchildren. Nicole was unable to attend the ordination because she is expecting a baby in the very near future. Hoyumpa attended Lagao Elementary School and Notre Dame of Lagao Catholic High School both in General Santos City in the Philippines. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Feati University in Manila. He was then employed as an engineer for General Motors Corporation for over 30 years before retiring. After his wife died, Hoyumpa enrolled at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit to pursue a Masters degree in Theology in the hope of discerning what to do with his life. He was active in the charismatic movement and coordinated a Filipino charismatic prayer group at St. Paul of the Cross retreat house in Detroit. He also organized "Life in the Spirit" seminars there. In 2005, he applied and was accepted into the Diocese of Gaylord as a seminarian. Since then, he has been preparing for the priesthood at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He has served pastoral assignments at Immaculate Conception, Traverse City and St. John the Baptist in Alpena. In his spare time, Hoyumpa enjoys travelling and reading. In his homily at the Ordination Bishop Cooney explained to the assembly that each person is to live their life so that others will "experience something of God by how we deal with them" and that we "will live loving the Lord and everything the Lord has made." Bishop Cooney further stressed that the Lord has "a specific task for each person -- and the hardest part is that in many instances, you are the only person who is empowered to do the good" -- the only one who can complete that task. "Each one of us who are baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist has a mission" which we alone are to accomplish. The Bishop told Hoyumpa that among the tasks of a priest is to "celebrate the Sacraments of the Church in such a way that the people will be moved to respond - and that they will respond by turning to God." "Good luck, Santiago," Bishop Cooney. "t's a wonderful, wonderful life. We ask God to bless you that you will be an active good priest. You are most welcome to the presbyterate and as a priest you will minister to and with some of the best people God has made who make up this diocese," he concluded. Fr. Hoyumpa celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, January 11 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Harper Woods. He will also celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving in Alpena on Sunday, January 18 at St. Anne Church at 8:30 AM and at St. John the Baptist Church at 10:30 AM. Fr. Hoyumpa has been assigned Associate Pastor to the Boyne Valley Catholic Community which includes the parishes of St. Matthew, Boyne City; St. Augustine, Boyne Falls; and St. John Nepomucene, Praga.