Father Richard Jozwiak to Share Vocation Story

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Father Richard Jozwiak to Share Vocation Story during Annual Event to Promote Seminarian Education

Jozwiak Richard 2009 faith-aWHAT: Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic and Dinner for Seminarian Education
WHEN: September 17 & 18, 2014
WHERE: The golf outing will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17 at Swan Valley Golf Club & Banquet Center, 9521 Highland Green Drive in Saginaw. The Dinner Banquet and Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.

SAGINAW – The ninth annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for seminarian education tees-off on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 a.m. with morning and afternoon golf scrambles at the Swan Valley Golf Club in Shields. The annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic continues on the evening of Thursday, September 18 with the Dinner Banquet & Silent Auction at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. There is still time to register for one or both events. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

“I look forward each year to these events which support our seminarians and those programs which reach out to young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Saginaw,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. “I am so grateful to all who join us in prayerful and financial support of seminarian education.”

This year, Rev. Richard Jozwiak will be the featured speaker during the dinner banquet. Father Jozwiak has generously served the Diocese of Saginaw for more than 50 years. Retiring from active ministry in 2001, Father Jozwiak continues to minister to the faithful. He is currently the sacramental minister at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Vassar. In addition to his roles as parish priest and sacramental minister, Father Jozwiak served as director of the Office of Vocations for several years. He continues to lead pilgrimages to Rome, Italy and other holy sites helping people connect the Church today with the early martyrs.

Of Polish descent, Father Jozwiak was born in Saginaw, Mich. on Dec. 9, 1931. He studied theology and philosophy at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy and speaks both Italian and Polish. He was ordained on December 20, 1959 by the Most Rev. Martin John O’Connor, then Rector of the Pontifical North American College, just days before Christmas.

A witness to many historic events, Father Jozwiak has been interviewed on several occasions about being in the General Audience when Pope John Paul II was shot in 1981. He has also spoken about his experience with St. John Paul II during Mass in the pope’s private chapel. Father Jozwiak also met another newly canonized saint, Pope John XXIII, and had an opportunity to hear Archbishop Fulton Sheen speak on many occasions while in Rome.

Those interested in participating in one or both events may contact Colleen Rabine, Director of Events and Community Affairs for the Diocese of Saginaw, at 989.797.6684 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information also is available on the diocesan website, Saginaw.org.

The diocese currently has seven young men enrolled in seminary as they discern God’s call to the priesthood. They are studying at the following seminaries: Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. and St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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