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Vocations Awards Announced; Join us for Dinner Celebration


Everyone is invited to the Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner which will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at St. Mary Cathedral (606 North Ohio Ave.) in Gaylord.

Each of us is called by God to a vocation whether it be to married life, priesthood, religious life or the single life. This special evening celebrates the many ways we are called to live as disciples of Jesus and to shine His light so that others may encounter Christ and spread God’s love in our world. This event was planned to coincide with the conclusion of the Vocations Awareness week and as the Church continues to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life as called for by Pope Francis.

The evening, planned by the Vocations Advisory Committee, will begin with the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Steven J. Raica. Following Mass, a buffet dinner and program will take place in the Cathedral Parish Hall. Fr. Donald Geyman, former Vocations Director for the Diocese of Gaylord, will be the keynote speaker. Fr. Don now serves as Rector of St. Mary Cathedral and the diocesan Vicar for Clergy. Most of the seminarians preparing to serve the Diocese of Gaylord will also 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 a recent meeting of the Advisory Committee.

Award recipients will include:  

Bernard and Patricia Gallagher, parishioners at St. Patrick in Traverse City, and longtime supporters of vocations. Bernie and Pat have raised four children, teaching them to live and serve the Lord as they are called. Their son, Msgr. Daniel Gallagher, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Gaylord in 1999 and is currently serving in the Latin Section of the Secretariat of State at the Vatican. Pat is also Executive Director of Miracle Productions which presents outstanding theatre experiences in Traverse City each summer, donating tickets for fundraising for vocations. The Gallaghers also hosted a special performance of “Godspell” for altar servers from across the diocese in 2012.
Also being honored this year is the Baraga Broadcasting Radio Network. Established in 2006, Baraga Radio was born through a dream and vision of Tom McMahon and Fr. Harry Speckman to bring Catholic radio to northern Lower Michigan. With the support of Bishop Patrick Cooney and a small group of donors and volunteers, Baraga Radio began from a small studio in Indian River, featuring limited coverage from a beacon on one tower and requiring special radios for reception. Today, just nine years later, Baraga nourishes and shares the Catholic faith across the Diocese of Gaylord and into the Diocese of Marquette 24 hours a day from a full studio in Traverse City through six stations, and can be heard across the globe via internet streaming.

Those serving the church through their vocation to Consecrated Life will also be recognized.

Though there is no cost to attend the Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner, reservations are required and a free will offering will be accepted to help offset the cost of the meal. To make a reservation, please contact Susan Roundy at the diocesan offices by phone at 989.732.5147 or via email to

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



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