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Bishop Cistone to Honor Two Missionary Disciples with 2017 Bishop Murphy Award

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WHAT: Presentation of the Bishop Murphy Award 2017
WHERE: Bishop’s Ball, Horizons Conference Center at 6200 State St., Saginaw 
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner, Friday, April 28 (All are Invited)

SAGINAW- The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced the recipients of this year’s Bishop Murphy Award. The awards will be presented to Leona Jones (pictured right), a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Parish in Reese and Patricia Murdock (pictured left), a parishioner at Holy Name of Mary Parish in Harbor Beach, during the Bishop’s Ball on Friday, April 28 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.

The Bishop Murphy Award recognizes the life-long commitment of individuals who share and live their Catholic faith in a way that continues the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. The award is presented to individuals who have given witness throughout their lives, in word and deed, to the Good News of the Gospel.

“Leona and Patricia are living examples of faith in action,” Bishop Cistone said. “They serve with strength, humility and most importantly, with love. They are missionary disciples, giving witness to the many ways in which the Lord uses us when we offer our hearts to Him in service to others.”

Leona Jones has faithfully served her parish, community and diocese in a variety of ways for decades. She serves as organist, choir member, cantor and worship commission member at her parish, St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Reese. She assists at weddings and funerals at her parish as well. Leona also has served as executive secretary for the Clergy Benefits Society since its inception in the 1970’s. In this role, she aides priests of the diocese with their retirement and healthcare benefits. For more than two decades, Leona served as secretary for the late Bishop Ken Untener. Today, she serves as operations manager for Little Books. Little Books are distributed globally and encourage the faithful to pray and spend time with the Lord each day.

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Upcoming Retreat With Ave Maria Radio Show Host Sister Sarah Burdick

Friday, 10 February 2017 07:56

Sister Sarah Burdick, co-host of the show “Notes from Above” on Ave Maria Radio, is coming to the Diocese of Saginaw in March. She will lead a weekend Lenten retreat entitled “Living a Life of Love and Holiness.” Sister Sarah has ministered at missionary gatherings around the world including Eastern Europe and Africa. If you are familiar with Sister Sarah, we encourage you to invite a friend to join you at the retreat. If you are not familiar with Sister Sarah, please view the video and details below:

Sister Sarah Shares a Story From a Mission Trip to Ghana


Retreat Details

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 (registration and social begin at 6 p.m.) Retreat
ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 2
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw

Join Sister Sarah Burdick, SGL for a Lenten retreat which will include meditation on Sacred Scripture and prayerful silence. Sister Burdick will be drawing on the wisdom of saints both ancient and modern to explore what it means to live a life of deep union with the Lord. Sister Sarah is a member of the Servants of God's Love, and has an M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit; she currently serves as the head of the theology department at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. More information about the retreat is available by calling 989.797.6607 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The cost of the retreat is $165 for a semi-private room or $180 for a private room and includes four meals and two receptions. Cost is $95 for commuters which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 22.

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