Golfers to Raise Money for Seminarian Education

Friday, 13 September 2013 13:12

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Golfers to Raise Money for Seminarian Education, Priestly Vocations Remain Priority in Diocese

SAGINAW – The eighth annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for seminarian education tees-off on Sept. 18 with morning and afternoon golf scrambles at the Swan Valley Golf Club in Shields. This comes at a time when the number of seminarians across the country has increased (details below) including the number of seminarians in the Diocese of Saginaw, which is up to nine from seven last year.


The annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic continues on the evening of Sept.19 with the Dinner Banquet & Silent Auction at the Midland Country Club.

 “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.”

All are welcome to attend the Charity Golf Classic and the Dinner & Silent Auction. Details are available at

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw currently has nine young men enrolled in seminary as they discern God’s call to the priesthood. This is up from seven last year. According to a 2013 study by The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, the number of graduate-level seminarians has increased during the period 2005-2013 from 3,308 to 3,694. The number of priestly ordinations has also increased from 454 in 2005 to 511 in 2013.

“What excites me most about becoming a priest is helping others in times of need, whether it be a baptism, an illness, a funeral, or a wedding,” said Matt Federico who became a seminarian for the Diocese of Saginaw in August. Matt is 31 years old and is originally from the Saginaw area. He currently attends Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.

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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