August 15, 2008

Two seminarians ordained as trasitional deacons

SAGINAW - Bishop Robert J. Carlson ordained two men as transitional deacons today during Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Transitional deacons are men who are in the final stages of their formation for the priesthood. They usually are ordained as a priest in the year following their diaconate ordination.

Those ordained today were Deacons David J. Jenuwine (pictured left) and Thai Hung Nguyen (pictured right).

Of the Diocese of Saginaw's 23 seminarians who will be enrolled this fall, five are transitional deacons. Others are Deacons José G. Parra, Christian Tabares, and Prentice A. Tipton. Parra and Tipton were ordained by Bishop Carlson in May.

Ten men also participated in the Rite of Candidacy today, publicly proclaiming their intentions to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and publicly being accepted to their respective formation programs from their bishop.

Candidates for the priesthood included Gabriel Barrera, Thomas R. Held, Fabian F. Moncada, Robert T. Schikora, and Juan Ignacio Velasquez.

Candidates for the permanent diaconate included Daryll K. Atkinson, James W. Damitio, Stanislaw Kuczynski, Gary E. Patelski, and Michael C. Smith. The Diocese of Saginaw currently has six men enrolled in its permanent diaconate formation program.

August 11, 2008

Decades of Cathedral School alumni gathered in Saginaw during the weekend

SAGINAW - Close to 600 St. Mary Cathedral School Alumni gathered Saturday for an All-Class Reunion. Check out the the alumni blog at to see their fun and share their memories.

August 7, 2008

Second book of Pope's 'Spiritual Thoughts' series to honor St. Paul

WASHINGTON (USCCB) Saint Paul, a new book featuring quotes and reflections of the Holy Father on the Apostle Paul will be published on August 29.

The publishing office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has reached an agreement with the Vatican’s publishing office to launch a series of books by Pope Benedict XVI called Spiritual Thoughts.

Paul Henderson, USCCB publishing director, views the release of the Pope’s book on St. Paul as "a timely opportunity for Catholics to join the Pope and return to the Bible as the source of parish and personal renewal." He added that the book series can also "help Catholics become better acquainted with their universal leader."

Benedict XVI opened the Jubilee Year of St. Paul on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The Year of St. Paul includes a church-wide campaign to promote biblical literacy among Catholics.

"Americans experienced the Holy Father’s warm and humble demeanor for the first time last April," said Father David Toups of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, recalling the Pope’s visit to the United States.

"The book series is an opportunity for U.S. Catholics to gain access to the Pope’s personal thoughts and deep spiritual insights," said Father Toups. The books contain excerpts from a variety of Benedict XVI’s speeches and homilies.

Msgr. David Malloy, USCCB General Secretary, said the series "exemplifies our excellent relationship with the Vatican publishing office," noting that Libreria Editrice Vaticana frequently grants to the USCCB the rights to publish and distribute in the United States new and well-known titles already available in Italian.

The first book of the series featured reflections from the Holy Father during his first year as pope. After the work on Paul, the Spiritual Thoughts series will continue with other books on Mary, the Saints, and excerpts from the Pope’s second year of pontificate.

The Spiritual Thoughts book on Saint Paul will be available on August 29, and can be ordered online at