Bishop Cistone to Ordain a new Deacon for Diocese
WHAT: Robert Kelm will be Ordained a Transitional Deacon
WHEN: 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
WHERE: St. Stephen Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw
SAGINAW — On Friday Aug. 1, 2014, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will ordain Robert Kelm to the transitional diaconate. The ordination Mass will take place at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw. In the Catholic Church, the transitional diaconate precedes ordination to the priesthood.
“More than anything, I am looking forward to sharing my love of scripture with others,” Kelm said. “After six years of seminary, I am joyfully looking forward to my ordination.”
Kelm is currently assigned to Prince of Peace Parish in Linwood, Mich. He received his priestly formation at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. and concluded his studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Mich.
Prior to becoming a seminarian for the Diocese of Saginaw, Kelm earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State University and a master of business administration degree from Lewis University. He helped build nuclear power plants, worked with fuel cells and worked in other areas of engineering. As an engineer, he traveled to countries all over the world, including Sweden, Poland, Italy, Japan and India. He has been active in parish life for decades including leading a bible study group and assisting with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Kelm is a native of Erie, Pa.
All are welcome and invited to attend the Mass on Aug. 1. Those interested in learning more about priestly vocations may contact Rev. Andrew Booms, director of priesthood vocations for the Diocese of Saginaw at 989-752-8119 or via email at