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SAGINAW - The seventh annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for seminarian education tees-off today with morning and afternoon golf scrambles at the Swan Valley Golf Club in Shields. The annual event continues Thursday evening with its signature banquet and silent auction at Apple Mountain.
“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,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. “Through these events, we reaffirm our shared commitment to promote priestly vocations throughout our Diocese.
“Promoting and fostering priestly vocations is a major priority for me and for our diocese as a whole. I am convinced that God is calling many of our young men to consider the priesthood.”
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw currently has seven young men enrolled in seminary as they discern God’s call to the priesthood.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles of land across 11 counties in mid-Michigan and the “Thumb” Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan anniversary year of prayer and celebration began on September 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patron feast of the Diocese of Saginaw.