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.

“This award is one way to engage the religious imagination of our young Catholics in the Diocese of Saginaw. Maria's art is a fine example of talent and devotion,” Father Booms said.

The 2014-2015 seminarian prayer card will be unveiled at the Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic and Dinner for Seminarian Education, which is open to the entire community. The golf outing will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17 at Swan Valley Golf Club & Banquet Center, 9521 Highland Green Drive in Saginaw. The Dinner Banquet and Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. Those interested in more information about the two-day event may contact Colleen Rabine, Director of Events and Community Affairs for the Diocese of Saginaw, at 989.797.6684 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information is available here.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, which awarded Buko the scholarship gift, administers the endowment which funds programs and initiatives throughout the diocese that support the evangelizing mission of the Church.