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Fifer Appointed


The Most Reverend Patrick R. Cooney, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, has announced Deacon Paul Fifer has been selected to be the Director of Deacon Formation, Continuing Education and Diaconal Ministries for the Diocese of Gaylord. The appointment was effective January 13, 2009. In his new role, Deacon Fifer will oversee the spectrum of the diaconate programs in the Diocese including those interested in the program, continuing formation for existing deacons as well as reviewing the many ways deacons currently minister in the diocese and exploring ways to enhance and expand those ministries to benefit the diocese. He will also be responsible for promoting and building community among the deacons for support and growth. Deacon Paul was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2006 and has been serving St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey as well as being a member of the Diocesan Faith Development Council and Diocesan Incardination Committee. Those interested in the diaconate program in the Diocese of Gaylord may contact Deacon Fifer at

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