Photo Gallery of Recent Events
Things are always happening in the Diocese of Gaylord. In an effort to share at least a brief glimpse of recent events with visitors to our website, we offer the following photo gallery. If you know of an upcoming or recent event which you would like to have considered for inclusion here, please contact us. You may click on the link below or send photos and information to:
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611 North Street
Gaylord, Michigan 49735
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Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
Catechumens and Candidates from across the Diocese of Gaylord gathered at St. Mary Cathedral for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. These individuals are preparing to complete the Sacraments of Initiation into the Roman Catholic Church during the Easter Season.
Four Gaylord seminarians among those installed as Readers and Acolytes at the Josephinum
The Institution of Readers and Acolytes took place at the Pontifical College Josephinum on Friday, November 1. The Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup was the principal celebrant. Four seminarians from the Diocese of Gaylord were installed.
Pictured (l-r): Nicholas Cooper (Reader), Benjamin Rexroat (Acolyte), Bradley Nursey (Reader), and Christopher Nowak (Reader), with the Most Reverend James S. Wall (Bishop of Gallup) and Monsignor Christopher J. Schreck (Rector/President). Individual photos are also attached, identified by filename. Photos by Ken Snow.
First-year theology students installed as readers are commissioned to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly and to catechize the faithful. Acolytes, who are second-year theologians, are entrusted with the duties of attending to the altar, assisting the deacon and priest at Mass, and distributing Holy Communion as an extraordinary minister.
New Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark Bernard A. Hebda
On September 24, the Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, who has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord for the past four years, was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. Newark Archbishop John J. Myers (left) welcomed Archbishop Hebda and introduced him to staff and local media. A Mass of Welcome will be held in Newark on November 5.
Junior High Altar Server Appreciation Day
World Youth Day 2013
On June 29, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Fr. Matthew Furgiuele (left) and Fr. Bryan Medlin to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord.
2013 Priest Jubilarians
Fr. Artur becomes U.S. citizen
Graduate Fr. Polycarp Mblarawa
Fr. Polycarp Mblarawa (right) graduated from Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) on May 2 receiving a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Due to the large number of students from the area, SVSU held a Commencement Ceremony at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City. Fr. Mblarawa and Fr. John Paul Bashe (pictured at left) are both priests from the Diocese of Maiduguri, Nigeria, assisting parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord while completing advanced studies in education. Fr. Mblarawa is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi in Traverse City and Fr. Bashe is serving as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart, Oscoda and Holy Family in East Tawas.
Rite of Election
2013 Delegation to Matagalpa
March for Life
Students from Gaylord, Grayling, Manistee, Harrisville and Traverse City were among those who participated in a local March for Life on January 25 in Gaylord. Many of the students had participated in an overnight dedicated to promoting the dignity of human life through prayer and activities which began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Bernard Hebda Thursday evening, followed by Eucharistic Adoration, and spending the night at St. Mary Cathedral School. The two-day event coincided with the national March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. Since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision decriminalizing abortion in the United States, more than 54 million children have been aborted.
Approximately 200 people of all faiths attended the Rally for Life hosted by St. Mary Cathedral at noon on Friday featuring speakers from local churches and others active in the prolife movement. which was followed by a one mile march to the Gaylords City Hall.
Ordination to the Priesthood
On Saturday, January 12, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Chet Collins to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord.
Catechism: Hidden Treasure Series
Conference Center renamed
Diocese Honored by Gaylord's Alpenfest
Ordination of Fr. Joe Ortega
On Saturday, December 17, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Joseph Ortega to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord at St. Mary Cathedral. The event brought to a close the dioceses 40th Jubilee Year. Here the newly ordained Fr. Joseph is pictured with his parents, Sue and Tom Ortega.
Mass for Consecrated Life
Diocese celebrates 40th Anniversary
On July 20, 2011, the Diocese of Gaylord celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special Mass and Family Picnic at St. Mary Cathedral. All four Diocesan Bishops who have shepherded the Diocese of Gaylord were present. To read about the event, click here; and to see a photo galleries of the day and the banners created by parishioners for the event, click here.
Medlin receives Candidacy
Gaylord Seminarian Bryan Medlin was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the liturgy of Evening Prayer at the Pontifical College Josephinum on March 25th. Most Rev. Roger Foys, Bishop of Covington, admitted nine seminarians to Candidacy for Holy Orders in the seminarys Saint Turibius Chapel. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation and has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for ordination. In the presence of the bishop, he publicly expresses 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. Pictured above: Bryan Medlin, Bishop Roger Foys (Covington), and Father James Wehner (Rector).
Peter Wigton takes Oath of Fidelity
On February 5, 2011, seminarian Peter Wigton of the Diocese of Gaylord, shown here with the Very Reverend James A. Wehner, STD, Rector / President of the Josephinum, made the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Fidelity in the presence of the seminary community at the Pontifical College Josephinum in preparation for ordination to the diaconate.
Cowan Instituted as Lector
Gaylord Seminarian Matthew Cowan (right) receives the book of Sacred Scriptures from Archbishop Edwin OBrien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Matt was one of 54 seminarians from Pontifical North American College to be instituted as a lector on January 16 in Rome. (Photo courtesy of Pontifical North American College.)
Vigil for All Nascent Human Life
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent and called for diocesan bishops of every church to join in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements. ("Nascent" means beginning to develop or exist.)
Catholics in the Diocese of Gaylord joined in the worldwide vigil for life through services held at St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord; Holy Family Parish, East Tawas; St. Bernard Parish, Alpena; St. Patrick Parish, Traverse City and Holy Rosary Parish, Cedar. A special service to offer prayers for life were also held on November 28 at St. Francis Xavier, Petoskey and on December 3 at St. Anne, Frankfort.
The Institution of Readers and Acolytes took place at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, November 7. The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory (center) of the Archdiocese of Atlanta was the principal celebrant. William MacMaster (left) received the ministry of Reader, while Bryan Medlin (right) received the ministry of Acolyte. First-year theology students installed as Readers are commissioned to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical assembly and to catechize the faithful. Acolytes, who are second-year theology students, are entrusted with the duties of attending to the altar, assisting the deacon and priest at Mass, and distributing Holy Communion as an extraordinary minister.
First "White Mass" Celebrated at Cathedral
Catholic medical professionals from across the Diocese of Gaylord joined Bishop Bernard Hebda and parishioners of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord for a special White Mass on October 24. Traditionally celebrated in many dioceses close to October 18th, the Feast Day of St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Physicians and Surgeons, it is believed to be the first such Mass held in this diocese. This year, the date selected also coincided with World Mission Sunday. Bishop Bernard Hebda blessed the healthcare professionals gathered for the White Mass using the prayer that Pope John Paul II wrote when he invited doctors to Rome during the Jubilee Year 2000. The liturgy is one which Bishop Hebda hopes to celebrate annually and is already on the calendar for October 18, 2011.
St. Anthony of Padua Celebrates Centennial
Matthew Cowan Candidacy for Holy Orders
On Saturday, July 31, Matthew Cowan was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Eucharistic Liturgy at his home parish of Cross in the Woods, Indian River, by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. Cowan is one of ten seminarians currently preparing for priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord. Fr. Michael Fowler, OFM, Pastor at Cross in the Woods and Fr. Donald Geyman, Director of Vocations for the Diocese concelebrated the Mass. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is typically celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation.
Seminarian Holy Hour in Petoskey
DCCW Annual Meeting 2010
Baraga Broadcast Dinner
Church Welcomes New Catholics at Easter
The Easter Vigil began outside with the Easter fire. The new Paschal Candle was lit by Rector of the Cathedral Fr. James Bearss from the newly blessed Easter fire before it was marked by Bishop Hebda. Parishioners then processed in darkness into the cathedral where their individual candles were lit with fire from the Paschal Candle.
Following the Liturgy of the Word on Good Friday, Deacon Gerald Okoli carried in the Cross for Veneration at St. Mary Cathedral.
Fr. Wayne Dziekan (shown here), Fr. Richard Kropf and Fr. James Bearss concelebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday with Bishop Hebda. All of the priests joined in the washing of feet. The Mass concluded with the faithful joining a Eucharistic Procession as Bishop Hedba carried the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose in the Chapel of the Cathedral. Adoration with prayer before Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament continued in the Chapel until midnight.
Bishop Bernard A. Hebda presided and Fr. James Bearss, Rector of the Cathedral, concelebrated the Palm Sunday liturgy on Saturday evening at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord to begin Holy Week. The evening Mass is broadcast throughout the diocese each week on Sunday mornings. In his homily Bishop Hebda urged the faithful not to be distracted by the media or others from praying and fully experiencing this Holy Week.
More than 1,000 of the faithful were present as the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, presided at the Eucharistic Celebration with the Blessing of Oils and Consecration of Chrism on Tuesday, March 30. Bishop Emeritus Patrick R. Cooney and some 48 priests from throughout the diocese concelebrated. The annual Chrism Mass is one of the occasions when the entire Church of Gaylord gathers as one with our shepherd, highlighting our common ministry and union with Jesus Christ and one another.
In this photo Bishop Hebda breathes over the vessel of Sacred Chrism, a gesture symbolizing both the Holy Spirit coming down to consecrate the oil, and the life-giving, sanctifying nature of the sacraments for which it is used. For more information about the Chrism Mass and excepts from Bishop Hebda's homily, click here.
Rite of Election
On Sunday, February 21, the First Sunday of Lent, Bishop Bernard Hebda presided over the Rite of Election at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. During the ceremony forty-four people from twenty-one parishes across the Diocese were formally welcomed as catechumens.
During the Rite of Election, sponsors and godparents publicly affirmed that the candidates are prepared to be admitted to the sacraments of Christian initiation and the assembly pledged to continue to support them in faith, prayer and example. The catechumens also affirmed their desire to fully enter into the life of the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. As each catechumens name was called, with their sponsor, they joined Bishop Hebda in the sanctuary where the Bishop welcomed them and offered a special blessing. Each name was also recorded in the specific parishs Book of the Elect which was then signed by Bishop Hebda.
Mass for Homeschoolers
A Eucharistic Liturgy for the Catholic homeschooling families in the Diocese of Gaylord was held on Monday, March 8, 2010 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.
Marriage Day 2010
The Third Annual Marriage Enrichment Dinner in celebration of World Marriage Day was held at St. Mary Cathedral on February 13. The celebration followed the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic liturgy, with more than 60 couples from across the diocese joining in the festivities. The parish hall had been transformed into a beautifully romantic setting with candlelight for the catered dinner.
After dinner and some martrimonial awards, participants gathered in the Cathedral for a reflection on marriage by Fr. James Bearss who offered his reflections on Ephesians 5:21-33.
To conclude the evening, the lights were dimmed as each couple lit a candle and Fr. Bearss led a prayer and then imparted a special blessing for each couples marriage, inviting them to seal their love once more with a kiss before departing. The event was planned through the diocesan Secretariat for Marriage Enrichment and St. Mary Cathedral.
Catholic Schools Week 2010
Catholic Schools - Dividends for Life was the theme selected for Catholic Schools Week 2010, the annual celebration that focuses attention on the good work done by the nations Catholic schools. This year Catholic Schools week was observed Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.
Throughout the week Bishop Bernard Hebda criss-crossed the diocese to join in special events and celebrate Masses with students, staff and parents. At each, he expressed gratitude for those who support Catholic School education and encouraged students to hold onto their faith and maintain their enthusiasm as they show their love of God.
March for Life
For the 37th time our nations capitol was the site of the annual March for Life, an event planned each year since 1974. Pilgrims from the Diocese of Gaylord joined some 300,000 individuals and families from across the country in Washington D.C. to pray together and bring awareness to the more than fifty million children who have lost their lives through abortion since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision.At the National Prayer Vigil for Life His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston who is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was the principal celebrant and homilist. His Eminences homily focused upon the life of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, whose memorial Mass we celebrated that evening. While highlighting the young saints life of virtue and self-sacrifice, the Cardinal addressed the overwhelming number of youth who made up the congregation. The Eucharistic Liturgy was followed by an all night vigil in the crypt of the Basilica.
Okoli Ordination to the Diaconate
Ordination of Bishop Bernard Hebda
Vespers Service for Bishop Bernard Hebda
On Tuesday, December 1, Bernard A. Hebda was ordained and installed as the Fourth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Pope Benedict XVI named the new bishop on October 7. He succeeds Bishop Patrick R. Cooney, who retired after serving the Diocese for 20 years. On the eve of the Ordination, Bishop Hebda made his Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity during a liturgy known as Solemn Vespers. The prayer service, coinciding with the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, began with a procession of the Bishops followed by the lighting of the Paschal Candle and candles held by each person in the assembly recalling that the Light of Christ will guide and protect us through the darkness of the night to come.
Bishop Cooney Farewell Mass
On Sunday, November 8, Bishop Patrick R. Cooney bid a fond farewell to the faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord as he presided over a special Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. The celebration was planned in honor of Bishop Cooneys 20 years of service as Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord and 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He turned 75 in March of this year and on October 7, Pope Benedict XVI named Rev. Msgr. Bernard Hebda to succeed him as the Fourth Bishop of Gaylord.
The last liturgy of its kind for the retiring Bishop, the Mass included participation and representation from all areas of the diocese. Over 26 of the priests of the diocese concelebrated and were joined by Fr. Michael Cooney, Bishop Cooneys brother, who serves in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Nine of the deacons in the area also vested for the service and all of the diocesan seminarians were present to minister as altar servers.
Many dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony and Gladys Solokis, Mayor of the City of Gaylord presented Bishop Cooney with a Proclamation highlighting the thanks of the City for his ministry and involvement in the community which led to a standing ovation.
Call To Continuing Conversion
On Sunday, October 18, Bishop Patrick Cooney celebrated The Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord at 4:00 PM. The liturgy was a great way to support and encourage the individuals from northern Michigan who were ready to continue on their faith journey. These candidates had been baptized but are not fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Each will continue with their religious education and when they are ready, will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. A welcome gathering prior to the event was held from in the Cathedrals Parish Hall.
DCCW Fall 2009 Workshop
The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held their Fall Workshop on Wednesday, October 14, in Gaylord at St. Marys Cathedral Parish Hall. The theme this year, The Year For Our Shepherds featured speakers Rev. Patrick Maher, Pastor of St. Joseph, West Branch; Holy Family, Klacking Creek; and St. Stephen of Hungary, Skidway Lake in the morning and Dannie Brzezinski, Director of Faith Development for the Diocese of Gaylord in the afternoon session. Mass was presided by Bishop Patrick Cooney and concelebrated by Rev. Francis Murphy and Rev. Duane Wachowiak.
Catechist Day 2009
On Saturday, October 10, the Center for Catholic Studies offered a Catechist and Youth Minister Certification Day at the
Circle of Grace Training
Altar Server Appreciation Event
Altar Server Appreciation Picnic
We really are happy you are here and I hope you have a wonderful time, Bishop Cooney said. Of course, we also hope that at least 30 of you will one day become priests for our diocese, he added.
This years schedule reprised the inaugural Altar Server Appreciation Day slate of activities which is fondly remembered despite rain delays. However, this year, the sun shone brightly the entire time and the day included a Beach Bums homerun and ultimate game victory.
Once again, the Secretariat for Justice and Peace along with the Justice and Peace Awareness Center (JPAC),
DCCW Annual Conference
During his homily, Bishop Cooney told the women they must always remember that God loved us first and loves us throughout our whole life. He explained that what we do is in response to that love. The works of the DCCW are works of love, he added.Bishop Cooney continued, In this Eucharist today, we are thanking God. As Bishop, my intent it to thank God for you all of you. You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you. We hope that there will be women who will walk in your footsteps to continue your work which is done as a result of Gods love, he concluded.
Year of St. Paul Conference
Bishop Patrick R. Cooney and a packed audience celebrated the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 7 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. In this Liturgy, the faithful of the Church of Gaylord were called to pray together and to be a part of the blessing of the Oil of Catechumen, the Oil for the Anointing of the Sick and for the Consecration of the Sacred Chrism.
Faith Development Resource Day
On March 21 catechetical professionals gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord for a Faith Development Resource Day. Sponsored by the Secretariat for Faith Development, the event brought together 75 ministers from throughout the diocese for a day of workshops and sharing. The keynote speaker was Patrick M. OBrien, President and Chief Executive Officer of FAITH Publishing Service, who offered a presentation on Marketing as a form of Evangelization.
Rite of Election
On Sunday, March 1, the First Sunday of Lent, fifty-four people from twenty-four parishes were formally welcomed as catechumens at the Rite of Election held at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Due to illness, Bishop Patrick R. Cooney was unable to attend the ceremony and delegated Fr. John McCracken, Rector of St. Mary Cathedral, to preside in his absence.
During the Rite of Election, sponsors and godparents publicly affirmed that the candidates are prepared to be admitted to the sacraments of Christian initiation and the assembly pledged to continue to support them in faith, prayer and example. The catechumens also affirmed their desire to fully enter into the life of the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Diaconate Ordination of James Siler
On Saturday, February 7, 2009, James H. Siler was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney. Siler is a member of St. Stephen,
Priestly Ordination of San Hoyumpa
St. Andrew Task Force Retreat
Attendees of the SATF retreat were provided time for prayer, fun, sports and fellowship.
The third annual retreat for the St. Andrew Task Force was held in January at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord. The event was planned to coincide with the priestly ordination of San Hoyumpa and 32 young men gathered from across the diocese to explore the theme Stop, Look and Listen. The retreat, which is designed for young men in 7th -12th grade, was led by Fr. Don Geyman, Delegate for Vocations. The weekend provided a variety of prayer experiences including morning and evening prayer, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Sacrament of Reconciliation, as well as attending the Ordination ceremony and Mass.
Diocesan Staff Holiday Party
The Diocesan Staff holiday celebration took place on Dec. 19. This year the theme was, "Time, Talent and Treasures" and the highlight was singing carols to the residents of McReynold's Hall, Otsego Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing facility. Two weeks prior to the event, materials were purchased to make homemade greeting cards, and many of the staff created cards over the next several days. Prior to the celebration, all the staff signed the beautiful greeting cards. These were distributed along with a small token gift to the residents after a blessing by Bishop Cooney and the carols were sung. After the event, the staff all attended a nicely catered lunch at the Bishop's residence.
Call To Continuing Conversion
On Sunday, November 16, thirty-eight candidates, along with their sponsors, parish leadership, family and friends gathered at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord for the Call to Continuing Conversion. They represented eight parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop Patrick Cooney presided and Deacon John Falicki served as Deacon for the ceremony which was preceded by a welcoming reception with refreshments in the parish hall.The Call to Continuing Conversion is the rite of the Church celebrated with baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist, and other baptized Christians who wish to join the Catholic faith.
Catechist Resource Day
SATF Mission Trip
Four Men Ordained Deacons
On Saturday, June 21, John Falicki, Mathew Lyberg, Glen Painter, and Doug Wigton were ordained Permanent Deacons by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Over 500 friends, family and faithful from around the diocese were in attendance.
Sending Forth Ceremony
During a special Liturgy of the Word and Sending Forth Ceremony at St. Mary Cathedral on June 15, Bishop Patrick Cooney blessed those who have completed a certificate program through the diocesan Center for Catholic Studies.
Those completing the Christian Discipleship Program included: Joan Denemy, St. Joseph Parish, West Branch; Sharon Fritz, St. Joseph Parish, West Branch; and Garry Singel, Cross in the Woods Parish, Indian River. Completing the Parish Catechetical Leader program was Samuel Vicari, St. Augustine Parish in Hillman.
Ordination to the Diaconate - San Hoyumpa
On Saturday, June 7, Santiago Hoyumpa was ordained a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney during the 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic celebration at St. John the Baptist in Alpena. Reflecting on his call to the priesthood, Hoyumpa said I am anxious to serve the Lord. I hope to be able to bring more awareness to the people of the Lord and of His love and mercy. Hoyumpa is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on January 10, 2009.
Neophyte Mass Celebrated
On May 18, Bishop Patrick Cooney presided at a special Neophyte Mass at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Fifty-six neophytes continued their faith journey as they were presented to Bishop Cooney during the Liturgy. Neophytes are those who have recently entered the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) either through Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil or through completing their initiation sacraments, often during the Easter season.
The Diocese of Gaylords Conference on Mental Illness, Restoring the Spirit, Removing the Stigma held this month was widely applauded by attendees for providing a platform of spirituality, information, support and hope. Approximately 175 people gathered for the day-long symposium, with the audience made up of participants from across the diocese as well as ecumenical guests and representatives from as far away as
Diocese of Gaylord Parishioners at Papal Mass
Between the two venues,
Bishop John Quinn, Auxiliary Bishop from the Archdiocese of Detroit, presided over the Chrism Mass in Gaylord while Bishop Cooney continues his recuperation. St. Mary Cathedral was full for this special liturgy during which the Holy Oils are blessed and consecrated and the priests of the Diocese of Gaylord renew their commitment to service.
Joseph Muszkiewicz ordained to the priesthood
Bishop John Quinn lays hands on Joseph Muszkiewicz to invoke the Spirit of God during the Rite of Ordination to the priesthood on January 6. Bishop Quinn presided over the liturgy due to Bishop Cooney's sudden illness.
Adult Faith Symposium
More than 100 catechetical leaders gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord for an adult faith formation symposium on Saturday, September 8. Participants were invited to share insights and concerns during the day. The presenter for the conference was Babara Minczewski, Director of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Diocese of Saginaw.
Deacon Acolyte Ceremony
Three deacon candidates were instituted as acolytes for the Diocese of Gaylord on October 7. Matthew Lyberg, St. Patrick Parish, Traverse City; Glen Painter, Holy Family Parish, Klacking Creek; and Dr. Douglas Wigton, Holy Rosary, Cedar previously were instituted as lectors. An instituted acolyte is one more step on the way to ordination as a permanent deacon and/or as a priest. They are scheduled for ordination to the permanent diaconate June 2008.
Three men were Instituted as Lectors by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney. Matt Lyberg, Glen Painter and Doug Wigton are preparing for Ordination to the Permanent Deaconate and the Institution as Lector is one step in the journey. The men have been participating in spirituality sessions and taking classes for several years. The hope is that they will be ordained in June of 2008. Deacon Paul Fifer served as deacon for the Mass.
Altar Server Event at Sportsplex in Gaylord
45 - 55 Year Anniversary Celebration
Cardinal Szoka Visits Gaylord
Edmund Cardinal Szoka, the first Bishop of the Gaylord Diocese and who most recently served as President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State before his retirement last fall, visited Gaylord in August for the celebration of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Exemplification Ceremony.
Knights of Columbus Celebration
District 3 Knights of Columbus held a Fourth Degree Exemplification Ceremony for 53 men recently in Gaylord. The colorful and elaborate festivities also honored Bishop Patrick R. Cooney, the third and current Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, and Edmund Cardinal Szoka, the first Bishop of the Gaylord Diocese.
Bishop Cooney Goes to Africa
In July, Bishop Patrick Cooney completed another trip to
A conference was offered at the
Christian Leadership Institute
Christian Leadership Institute (CLI), a tradition in the Diocese of Gaylord, was held in June at the Boyne Valley Resort on Walloon Lake. The actual event ran for a week, but the effects will last a lifetime. The program has helped many young people with the transition into college and from college into the work force. A lot of these young people become part of the CLI team and return as staff for this dynamic event. CLI incorporates skills development, small and large group sessions, prayer and worship, and recreation. Each days routine consists of workshops, communal activities, shared meals and play.
Robbie Deka Ordination
On Friday, June 8, Robbie Deka was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Deka was born in Kafue Gorge, Zambia in South Africa and is one of seven children born to Mathew and Mary Deka. Fr. Deka now serves St. Ignatius in Rogers City, St. Casimer in Posen, and St. Dominic in Metz as Associate Pastor.
Vocation Window Sticker
In conjunction with National Vocations Awareness week, the Diocese of Gaylord sponsored a contest for students with the goal of raising awareness about vocations. The youngest group of students were asked to draw a picture and the next oldest group was asked to submit a phrase. The two winning entries were combined to make a window sticker for use in our diocese.
Rite of Election
On Sunday, February 25, the 2007 Catechumens from the Diocese of Gaylord gathered at St. Mary Cathedral for the Rite of Election celebrated by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney. Despite the inclement weather, many of the 60 people representing 24 parishes who were registered were able to participate. The Rite of Election is a ceremony which marks the beginning of a period of purification and enlightenment for the Elect who will become members of the Body of Christ at the Easter celebration.
In his homily, Bishop Cooney challenged the Catechumens to fully live as disciples of the Lord. He said, What is expected of you? You are to follow the path of the Lord through whatever vocation you have been called. The Lord will give you the strength and all you needyou just have to choose to do it.During the liturgy each Catechumen is called forward, with their sponsor, to receive a special blessing from the Bishop.
Jr. High Youth Rally
Nearly 165 youth and chaperones gathered for the annual Junior High Youth Rally held in Gaylord. Musicians Amanda Vernon and Tim Smith entertained and inspired students through their songs, stories and though various activities.