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Annual Dinner will Highlight Vocations; Present Awards


Everyone is invited to the fifth annual Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner which will take place on Saturday, January 3,  2015, at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.

Each of us is called by God to a vocation whether it be married life, priesthood, religious life or the single life. This special evening celebrates the many vocations and ways we are called to live as disciples of Jesus and to shine his light so that others may have an encounter with Christ and spread God’s love in our world. This year’s event takes place as we have begun the Year of Consecrated Life as called for by Pope Francis celebrating with great gratitude the ministry of men and women religious.

The evening, hosted by the Vocations Advisory Committee, will begin with the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy. Following Mass, a buffet dinner and program will take place in the Cathedral Parish Hall. Bishop Steven J. Raica will be the keynote speaker for the evening and several seminarians from the Diocese of Gaylord will be in attendance.

A highlight of the Vocations Awareness Dinner is the presentation of the Vocations Recognition Awards. Names of nominees were put forth 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 November meeting of the Advisory Committee.

The recipients of the 2015 Vocations Recognition Awards will be:

  • Rev. Robert Bissot, who currently serves as Pastor to the parishes of St. Catherine in Ossineke, St. Anne in Harrisville, St. Gabriel in Black River and St. Raphael in Mikado.  A humble man, yet wise and prayerful, Fr. Bissot has always been a staunch supporter of vocations throughout his ministry. He has served as Vocations Director and has mentored many of our young priests and seminarians over the years.
  • The Rod and Cathy Bragg Family, members of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Rod and Cathy are being recognized for their faithful commitment to their vocation of marriage. Parents of nine children, they are also active in the diocesan Natural Family Planning ministry teaching NFP in marriage preparation classes and to those already married. Their only daughter, Anastasia, recently joined the the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, a religious order in New Jersey, as an aspirant.
  • Jim and Gwen Rich, who were members of St. Mary in Lake Leelanau, will be honored posthumously for their support for vocations efforts.  Jim and Gwen were catalysts in many efforts of the Knights of Columbus and also key to launching the annual Altar Server Appreciation Day, recognizing the ministry of young people who serve priests at the altar throughout the diocese.

Though there is no cost to attend the Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner, reservations are required and a free will offering will be taken to help offset the cost of the meal. 

Please call Susan Roundy at 989.732-5147 to RSVP or email

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



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