SAGINAW – The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, today announced Dr. Daniel S. Osborn will serve as Director of the Center for Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw. He will begin his duties on July 1.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I appoint Dr. Osborn to lead the Center for Ministry,” Bishop Cistone said. “He comes to us with numerous talents and vast educational experience, locally and internationally. I envision tremendous opportunities for collaboration and enrichment across the diocese with the addition of Dr. Osborn to our staff.”
As director, Dr. Osborn will be responsible for the oversight and development of theological curriculum and the teaching and programming for pastoral ministry, retreats and special events for the diocese. He will provide guidance to various programs, including the education and preparation of permanent deacons, commissioned lay ministers, youth ministry, and religious education for adults and children. Dr. Osborn will also serve as a resource to Catholic school leaders and parish catechists. The Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St. in Saginaw, is adjacent to the Diocesan Center offices and Nouvel Catholic Central High School.
"I am very thankful to Bishop Cistone for offering me the opportunity to serve in the Diocese of Saginaw,” Dr. Osborn said. “My wife and I have already been struck by the goodness of the people we have met in the area, and it's my hope that the Center for Ministry will continue to be a true spiritual hearth where all can feel the welcoming embrace of the Lord."
Dr. Osborn earned a Doctorate in Systematic Theology (2011), Licentiate of Sacred Theology (2008), Bachelor of Sacred Theology (2006) and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2002) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame (1984), as well as a Master of Arts in English from the University of New York at Buffalo (1989).
Relocating from Texas, Dr. Osborn brings nearly 20 years of parish and international faith formation experience with him to the Diocese of Saginaw. He has taught Catholic doctrine, led retreats and pilgrimages, directed parish religious education and organized faith conferences in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, India, Italy, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, the Ukraine and the United States.
Dr. Osborn and his wife, LeAnne, are joyfully awaiting the birth of their first-born daughter in July.
The Diocese of Saginaw ministers to more than 119,000 Catholics worshiping in 105 parish communities across 11 counties in mid-Michigan.