SAGINAW - The 2011 Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for seminarian education tees-off this evening with its signature banquet and silent auction at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.
The annual happening continues tomorrow with morning and afternoon golf scrambles at the Swan Valley Golf Club in Shields.
“Each year, this dinner and golf outing provide opportunities to gather on behalf of our current seminarians and all those young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Through these events, we reaffirm our shared commitment to promote priestly vocations throughout our Diocese,” writes the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, in a program message to supporters of this year’s sixth annual charity event.
“Promoting and fostering priestly vocations is a major priority for me, as your Bishop, and for our Diocese as a whole. Now, more than ever, our local Church is in need of the leadership, spiritual nourishment and sacramental ministry which only priests can provide. I am convinced that God is calling many of our young men to consider the priesthood. Your prayerful and financial support encourages us, our seminarians, and those young men considering a life of service in the Church as priests.”
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw currently has six men enrolled in seminary as they discern God’s call to the priesthood.
The Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic was established in 2006 to benefit seminary education. Since that time, 17 men have been ordained to the priesthood to serve the people of God across the 11-county diocese.
The Diocese of Saginaw includes 105 parish communities located throughout Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.