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Seminarian Prayer Card will Feature Nouvel Student’s Pencil Drawing

Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:31

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Bishop Cistone and Ellen Martz (right) presented a scholarship to Maria Buko (center). Buko received a scholarship after her drawing was selected for the cover of the new seminarian prayer card

 SAGINAW — A beautiful pencil drawing of the Virgin Mary created by Maria Buko, a 2014 graduate of Nouvel Catholic Central High School will be featured on a special prayer card for seminarians. The prayer card will be unveiled at this year’s Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic and Dinner for Seminarian Education. The prayer card will then be distributed in parishes throughout the Diocese of Saginaw. It will encourage the faithful to pray for the diocese’s seven seminarians and Deacon Robert Kelm, who was recently ordained a transitional deacon. The prayer card will also include the names and photos of the men.

"I'm so proud of Maria's many accomplishments at Nouvel this year, both in the arts and in sharing her faith," said John Hoving, principal of Nouvel. "This recognition further exemplifies Maria's many gifts and talents, which she so gracefully puts at the service of others."

In addition to having her artwork featured on the prayer card, Maria received a $250 scholarship from the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan. The scholarship was recently presented to her by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, and the foundation's president, Ellen Martz.

A seminarian prayer card has been created each year since the golf event began in 2006 and has varied in design. In 2012, a painting of the Virgin Mary by Rev. Thomas Held, parochial vicar at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Mount Pleasant, was chosen for the cover. This year, the event planning committee — which included Rev. Andrew Booms, director of Priesthood Vocations — gave all high school students the opportunity to submit their original artwork. The hope was to introduce young people to the history of iconic art by challenging them to research its history and become familiar with its unique tradition. Among the worthy submissions, the committee selected the piece created by Buko. Next year, the committee will again invite high school students to submit their artwork for the prayer card cover.

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Father Tom McNamara Named New Director of the Permanent Diaconate as Nine Deacon Candidates are Announced

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:00

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mcnamara thomas 2009Father Tom McNamara Named New Director of the Permanent Diaconate as Nine Deacon Candidates are Announced

SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has appointed Rev. Thomas McNamara to serve as director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Saginaw. Father McNamara is a senior priest of the diocese who until last year served as vicar general and rector of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. Father McNamara takes over the role previously filled by Rev. Thomas Fleming, pastor of the recently formed Prince of Peace Parish in Linwood.

Father McNamara has a unique connection with the permanent diaconate. During his nineteenth year as a high school teacher, he began studies in the diocese’s lay ministry program. He was eventually ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Francis Reh, third bishop of Saginaw. Bishop Reh soon encouraged Father McNamara to consider studies for the priesthood. After graduating from St. John Provincial Seminary, Father McNamara was ordained a priest by Bishop Kenneth Untener, fourth bishop of Saginaw, in 1982.

“I look forward to working with Bishop Cistone and the deacon candidates,” Father McNamara said. “I was blessed to have worked with permanent deacons in Linwood, Mount Pleasant, and Essexville through the years. They serve their parish communities so well and are a blessing to the Diocese and to our Church.”

Nine men who recently completed their one-year aspirancy period have been accepted by Bishop Cistone to begin the three-year path of candidacy in the Diocese’s permanent diaconate formation program this fall. The Mass with the Rite of Admission to Candidacy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at St. Agnes Parish in Freeland. The following individuals have been accepted to begin candidacy: 

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