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Everyone is invited to Vocations Awareness Dinner


Bishop Bernard Hebda is happy to announce that the second Vocations Awareness Dinner will take place on January 7 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Everyone is invited to this special event.

Coinciding with the Feast of Epiphany, as well as the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week, the evening will begin with the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Hebda. Following Mass, a festive dinner and program will take place in the Cathedral Parish Hall.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Fr. Francis Partridge, a senior priest of the Diocese. Well known for his sense of humor and superb storytelling, Fr. Partridge will share his personal journey to the priesthood as well as reflections on his 50 years living out his call as a priest.

A highlight of the Vocations Awareness Dinner will be the presentation of the Vocations Recognition Awards . Names of nominees were put forth early this fall by members of the Vocations Advisory Committee of those who have demonstrated outstanding support for vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord over the past year. Final selections were confirmed at the December meeting of the Advisory Committee.

The recipients of the 2012 Vocations Recognition Awards will be:

  • Joel and Mary Beth Myler and family of Traverse City (who have been consistent supporters of vocations efforts, and also arranged and hosted a successful fundraiser for the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation’s Vocations Fund this year);
  • Rev. Edwin Thome and the Parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Traverse City (who “adopted” a potential seminarian, assisting him with housing and in securing employment which enabled him to address personal debts that were preventing him from entering the seminary); and
  • The Knights of Columbus of the Diocese of Gaylord (who, in addition to their normal support of the diocesan Altar Server Appreciation Day and support for our clergy, religious and seminarians, provided copies of the new missal to each of our parishes and to each of our retired priests).

There will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with current seminarians preparing for the priesthood as well as special entertainment and a “12th Night” buffet dinner.

“We’re pretty excited about this year’s event,” said Fr. Don Geyman, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Gaylord. “The response of the Three Kings to the birth of Jesus and their searching out the Christ Child remains the rich and wonderful message to us today. God continues to call each of us to search out Christ and discover how we may use our gifts as we discern own vocation.”

The evening promises to be fun-filled and a great way to begin the New Year as well as Vocations Awareness Week together.

Though there is no cost to attend the event, a free will offering will be taken to help offset the cost of the meal.

Because space is limited, reservations are required. Please contact Susan Roundy at the Diocesan Offices to request tickets. She may be reached via email at or by phone at 989.732.5147.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to celebrate Vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord!

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