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Deacon Siler to be Ordained to the Priesthood


Bishop Steven J. Raica has announced that the Ordination of the Priesthood of Deacon James Siler will take place on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.  The date coincides with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the parish’s feast day.  A reception will follow the liturgy. Vespers will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the eve of the ordination, Wednesday, September 13, also at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

“This is a joy-filled moment for our diocese and will be a very special and unique opportunity,” stated Candace Neff, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Gaylord. “Usually priestly ordinations are held at the Cathedral in Gaylord. Holding it on the Island not only makes it easier for Holy Cross parishioners to attend, but will also provide a beautiful setting and experience for those who make the trip for the celebration. Everyone is really excited -- both here and on Beaver Island.”

Space inside the Holy Cross Church is limited, however, so plans are being made for overflow areas across the street as well as for live streaming the liturgies on the internet.

Deacon Siler received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies in 2009 from Grand Canyon University and received his Master of Divinity from Loyola University in 2013. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney on February 7, 2009.

Deacon Siler has served the parishes of Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville, St. Ann-St. Edward in Cadillac, St. Theresa in Manton and St. Stephen in Lake City in the Diocese of Gaylord. He also worked as hospital chaplain for Mercy Hospital in Grayling and Cadillac.

Deacon Siler was named Pastoral Administrator of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island by Bishop Steven J. Raica and has served there since November 1, 2015.

Reflecting on his upcoming ordination, Deacon Siler said, “As I enter unworthily into priesthood, I humbly submit to permit the grace of God to act in my soul to produce all those good works for which God has prepared us beforehand. By God’s grace, may I become and remain the humble servant and holy priest that God created me to be.”


Information on travel and lodging on Beaver Island for the ordination is below.


Travel & Lodging Information

Be sure to mention Deacon Jim Siler’s Ordination when calling any of the below places. Many will be offering special rates.

Travel to Beaver Island

Beaver Island Boat Company

231.448.2210   Beaver Island Office

231.547.2311   Charlevoix Office

Wednesday, September 13 the boat will depart from Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 14 the boat will depart from Charlevoix at 8:30 a.m. and return from Beaver Island to Charlevoix at 6:00 p.m. This is a special service as the boat does not run on Thursdays. It would be a good idea to call and let them know you are coming.

Friday, September 15 the boat will depart from Beaver Island at 8:20 a.m.

The boat company recommends that passengers arrive about one hour prior to boat departure. This will allow time to check in your luggage as well as purchase passenger tickets and parking permit. The trip to Beaver Island takes a little over 2 hours to complete the 32 mile route. Passengers must be on board 10 minutes prior to departure.


Island Airways - 231-448-2071 or 1-800-524-6895

Please call for flight times and reservations.

The travel time is approximately 15-20 minutes.


Lodging on Beaver Island

Brothers Place (Old Christian Brothers Monastery) – 231-448-2204
Emerald Isle – 231-448-2376
Oakwoods Lodge – 231-448-2099
Erin Motel – 231-448-2240
Harbor View – 231-448-2201
Beaver Island Lodge ­– 231-448-2396


All lodging is within walking distance to Holy Cross Church except Oakwoods Lodge and Beaver Island Lodge. Both places offer transportation service.


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