December 12, 2008

Obituary for Fr. Charles L. Ganley

SAGINAW - Father Charles L. Ganley, 82, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 at the St. Francis Home in Shields.

Father Ganley was born on February 6. 1926 in Harbor Beach, son of Abigail E. (Wagner) and Charley H. Ganley. He was baptized at St. Patrick Parish in Croswell and attended Lexington public schools.

He studied for the priesthood at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth. He was ordained on June 7, 1952 by Bishop Stephen S. Woznicki at St. Denis Parish in Lexington.

During his priesthood, Father Ganley served as assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Alpena and St. Mary Parish in Alma; and as pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Ithaca, St. Martin de Porres Parish in Perrinton, Holy Family Parish in Saginaw, Sacred Heart Parish in Merrill, St. Patrick Parish in Ryan, and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Bay City. He was granted senior priest status (retired) in 1996.

He is survived by two brothers and a sister: James Ganley, Thomas (Annie) Ganley, and Abbie (Mike) Newhouse; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are four very dear friends: Father Max Frego, Father William Rutkowski and Mike and Helen Woods. He preceded in death by three brothers and one sister: Gene Ganley, Frank Ganley, Bob Ganley, and Julie Suda.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Bay City with a private burial to follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Lexington.

Visitation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry St., in Bay City and from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. A vigil liturgy will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday at the church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Mary.

Campbell named as All Saints interim-principal

BAY CITY – Bay Area Catholic Schools Administrator Michael J. Knoff on Thursday named Brian Campbell as interim-principal for All Saints Central High School for the remainder of the 2008-2009 school year.

Campbell succeeds J. B. Watters, who resigned his position November 30 to become principal at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Va.

"It is a pleasure to be able to appoint Brian Campbell as interim principal at All Saints," Knoff said. "Brian exemplifies the qualities that we seek in a Catholic leader. Being a product of our schools has helped him to develop a great understanding of our charge to educate students in a Catholic faith based environment. His strong commitment to quality education will help All Saints to continue on its path of being the best. I look forward to working closely with him.”

Campbell is an All Saints alumnus, a 2003 graduate of the Univeristy of Michigan and a 2005 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. Since 2005, he has served as a social studies teacher at All Saints, teaching such courses as U. S. history, global studies, world history, current events, government, and economics.

In addition to his classroom work, Campbell chaperoned and managed a All Saints student volunteers who spent their 2006 Christmas break in New Orleans, laboring for Hurricane Katrina recovery, and has been assistant varsity baseball coach for since 2004.

"Brian Campbell will provide strong leadership for All Saints,” said the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Bishop of Saginaw. “His commitment to the mission of Catholic schools is outstanding. Brian’s stepping forward at this time of transition will provide the school with great stability as it moves forward in its quest to become an exceptional Catholic school.”

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December 5, 2008

Our New Father:Tipton Ordained to the Priesthood

SAGINAW - Bishop Robert J. Carlson ordained Prentice A. Tipton Jr. to the priesthood on Dec. 5 at St. Mary Cathedral in Saginaw. Father Prentice, 55, has been assigned as assistant pastor at St. Hyacinth Parish in Bay City, where he previously served out is deacon internship. He is the eighth priest ordained for the Diocese of Saginaw by Bishop Carlson during the past two years.