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Funeral Mass for Father Joseph Roach

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:05

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PDS016175-1 20150826WHAT: Funeral Mass for Father Joseph Roach

WHEN: 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw

SAGINAW – The Rev. Joseph W. Roach, a senior priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 in California. Father Roach was born on May 17, 1924 in Carrollton, Mich. He received his elementary education at Carrollton Union School in Carrollton and his secondary education at St. Andrew High School and St. Joseph High School, both in Saginaw. He attended St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Father Roach also attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Mich., where he studied philosophy. He studied theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On May 22, 1948, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. William F. Murphy, the first Bishop of Saginaw.

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Faithful from the Diocese of Saginaw Share Moments During Papal Tour

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Below are glimpses into the experiences of a few individuals from the Diocese of Saginaw who journeyed to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia earlier this week.

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Photo taken by Bishop Cistone using his camera phone at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis prayed with nearly 300 U.S. Bishops on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

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Bishop Cistone, sixth Bishop of Saginaw (right) with Archbishop Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis and fifth Bishop of Saginaw, at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 (Photo Courtesy of St. Louis Review) 

IMG 3375Photo: Kevin Wojciechowski, seminarian for the Diocese of Saginaw attending St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., poses with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Washington D.C. area.

Kevin Wojciechowski, along with some of his classmates from the seminary, attended the Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra celebrated by Pope Francis. 

"When you see so many people in the streets, it's just awesome that all these people are gathering as the Catholic Church to show we're still alive and still thriving," he said.

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