Lay Catholics to be Commissioned by Bishop Cistone at Mass

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WHAT: Mass for the Commissioning of Participants of the Lay Ministry Formation Program
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
 
SAGINAW —The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will commission 19 new members of the Lay Ministry Formation Program on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Lay Ministry Formation Program involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice. After the Commissioning Mass, each Lay Minister will make a multi-year commitment to serve at his or her respective, sponsoring parish.


Roles at parishes vary. The newly-commissioned Lay Ministers will join more than 370 other lay ministers actively involved in service across the Diocese of Saginaw.

“The program is wonderful because in addition to academic knowledge, lay ministers strive to grow in their relationship with God so as to live out their baptismal call more deeply.” said Audrey Wilson, Associate Director for the Center For Ministry, Ambassador for Evangelization, and Director of the Lay Ministry Formation Program. “Lay Ministers spend time deepening their relationship with God through prayer, retreats and spiritual direction (regular meetings with a director regarding the Lay Minister’s personal spiritual life). The program attracts many sincere Catholics who serve on a voluntary basis.”

Below is a list of those being commissioned at Mass on Sept. 15:

• Martha Arvizu from the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw
• Daniel Corbat from St. Brigid of Kildare Parish in Midland
• Mary Dierich from Holy Trinity Parish in Saginaw
• Douglas Grates from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Caseville
• John Gunther from the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw
• Marilyn Gunther from the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw
• Larry Hadsall from Saints Francis and Clare Parish in Birch Run
• Jeffrey Hugo from St. Stanislaus Parish in Bay City
• Debra Jackson from St. Brigid of Kildare Parish in Midland
• David Jankowiak from St. Stanislaus Parish in Bay City
• Todd Lovas from Nativity of the Lord  Parish in Alma
• Barbara Malocha from Holy Family Parish in Saginaw
• Jeannette McDonald from Saints Francis and Clare Parish in Birch Run
• Thomas Messinger from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Midland
• Carin Owen from St. Stephen Parish in Saginaw
• Cynthia Shea from St. John Vianney Parish in Saginaw
• Margaret Smekar from St. John Vianney Parish in Saginaw
• Edmund Stark from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Midland
• Alan Wright from St. Michael Parish in Maple Grove

Thomas Dierich will be missioned at the Mass which means he will be authorized to live out his ministry “in the world” rather than in a parish setting. He is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Saginaw. Several Lay Ministers will be re-commissioned at the Mass, which means that each will make a new multi-year commitment with his or her respective, sponsoring parish.

*the photo above was taken during the 2011 Commissioning Mass

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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