More than 2,000 Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Diocese
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SAGINAW -- More than 2,000 faithful joined together in worship today at Saginaw Valley State University’s Ryder Center to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the Mass, reflecting on the rich history of the diocese and looking forward to a promising future. He urged all Catholics to transform themselves through a faith active and alive in Christ.
“I encourage all of us to place our energy into becoming the church Jesus wants us to be,” Bishop Cistone said during his homily.
Eleven visiting arch(bishops) including the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, travelled to Michigan to celebrate. Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, former priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and Bishop Emeritus of Altoona-Johnston was also in attendance. Other visiting bishops included: Most Rev. Earl A. Boyea, Bishop of Lansing; Most Rev. Michael J. Byrnes, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit; Most Rev. Jose Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit; Most Rev. Donald F. Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit; Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of Gaylord; Most Rev. Walter A. Hurley, Bishop Emeritus of Grand Rapids; Most Rev. John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Rev. Carl F. Mengeling, Bishop Emeritus of Lansing; and the Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids. In addition, more than 70 priests from across the 11-county diocese and dozens of religious were in attendance.
The anniversary Mass included nearly 200 voices in the 75th Anniversary Diocesan Choir which sang in English, Spanish and Polish. The second reading was proclaimed in Polish by Adam Kuczynski of St. Stanislaus Parish in Bay City.
Don Thiel of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bay City also attended the Mass with friends and family and said he thought the celebration was tremendous.
“I thought it was handled very well and was just beautiful,” Thiel said.