SAGINAW — Ken Groya began working for the Diocese of Saginaw in 1999 as the Director of Catholic Cemeteries. He recently announced his retirement to spend more time with his wife of 41 years, his children and grandchildren. As director, Groya was responsible for overseeing operations of all of the Catholic cemeteries across the 11-county diocese, including: developing more than 4,500 new grave sites, placing 15 columbaria, building three mausoleums, managing maintenance and grounds keeping, supervising Family Service Counselors, overseeing renovations and acquiring new properties.
“I was able to serve members of the Catholic faith community during their time of need,” Groya said. “It was very fulfilling work and I will miss the people very much.”
In addition to his cemeteries role, Groya is known for the critical role he has had in coordinating logistics for major diocesan events.
“We are grateful to Ken for his loyal years of service to the Diocese and to our parish families during the very important times of honoring deceased loved ones,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. “In a personal way, my first and fondest memory of Ken will always be his warmth and graciousness when escorting my family and friends to various destinations when I was installed as Bishop of Saginaw three years ago. We wish Ken well in his new endeavors.”
Groya is currently president of the Michigan Cemeteries Association. He is a third and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of St. Josaphat Catholic Church in Carrollton where he serves as the chair of the finance and administration council, treasurer of the usher’s club, lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Groya will serve in his role as Director of Catholic Cemeteries through the end of August, allowing time for a smooth transition. The search will begin immediately to find his replacement.