SAGINAW —Two local men will become seminarians of the Diocese of Saginaw in August. Both will attend Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.
Jason Rasmussen (pictured right), aged 35, recently left his position of Supervisor of Network Operations at Saginaw Intermediate School District to enter the seminary, while Matt Federico (pictured left), aged 31, recently left his work as an auditor at the accounting firm, Rehmann in Saginaw.
“What excites me most about being a priest is helping others in times of need, whether it be a baptism, an illness, a funeral, or a wedding,” said Federico. “I started considering the seminary a couple of years ago and it’s been on my mind more and more.” Federico grew up in the Saginaw area where he attends St. Stephen Parish in Saginaw. He enjoys travelling and camping in his spare time. He studied accounting and finance at Saginaw Valley State University.
Rasmussen, on the other hand, had thought about the seminary for 14 years and finally considered it seriously during this past year. “My grandmother taught me about the Faith when I was young and my friend’s father, who was strong in his faith despite years of battling with leukemia, inspired me,” said Rasmussen. “I’m looking forward to helping and serving others and encouraging more men to consider becoming a priest.” Rasmussen also grew up in the Saginaw area. He attends Holy Spirit Parish in Shields. He is an avid football fan who follows the Detroit Lions and Notre Dame closely.
Rasmussen and Federico will join seven other seminarians of the Diocese of Saginaw in preparation for the priesthood. The following six seminarians attend Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit: Deacon Andrew LaFramboise, Robert Kelm, Christopher Bierlein, Marc Hopps, Stephen Blaxton and Adam Maher. Jason Payne currently attends St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938 and is home to 108,601 Catholics, worshiping in 82 parish communities,. Today, it includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
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