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Bischoff Receives Candidacy


On Saturday, July 23, Tyler Bischoff was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Eucharistic Liturgy at Sacred Heart Parish in Oscoda by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. Bischoff is one of 13 men who are in seminary formation for the Diocese of Gaylord. The Mass was concelebrated by: Fr. Charlie Donajkowski, Pastor at Sacred Heart in Oscoda and Bischoff’s home parish of Holy Family in East Tawas; Fr. Craig Haider, Parochial Vicar at those same parishes; and Fr. Donald Geyman, Director of Vocations for the Diocese and Pastor at St. Patrick in Traverse City. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is typically celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation. Bischoff has completed three years of priestly formation as a seminarian for the Diocese and has indicated that he wishes to dedicate his life “to the service of the Church for the glory of God and the good of souls.” In the course of the ceremony, kneeling before the Bishop, Bischoff responded affirmatively to questions regarding his intention to complete his preparation for Holy Orders and his resolve to fully invest himself to that end, so that he will serve Christ and the Church faithfully. Bishop Hebda then declared, “The Church accepts your resolve with joy. May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.” Bischoff is the son of Deanna Dickson and Roger and Susan Bischoff of East Tawas. He has been attending the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus Ohio and received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the College in May. He will continue his studies in theology this fall at North American University in Rome.

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