Priests Celebrate 50, 40 and 25 Years of Ministry

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:38

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priest_jubilee2012FREELAND — On Monday, six diocesan priests were recognized for their years of priestly ministry throughout the Diocese of Saginaw. Celebrating significant anniversaries are: Rev. Joseph Friske and Rev. Julius Spleet who were ordained 50 years ago; Rev. Ron Dombrowski, Rev. James Falsey and Rev. Jack Johnson who were ordained 40 years; and Rev. Bill Rutkowski who was ordained 25 years ago.

The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated the jubilee Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Freeland. On behalf of all the faithful of the diocese, he expressed his appreciation to the priests for answering God’s call to serve. Those marking special anniversaries also were supported by the many diocesan priests who joined them for the celebration.

Father Joseph Friske was ordained by the Most Rev. Stephen Woznicki in 1962. He served as an assistant pastor at: Blessed Sacrament in Midland, St. Bernard in Alpena, Our Lady of the Visitation in Bay City and St. Brigid of Kildare in Midland. He served as pastor at: St. Agatha in Gagetown, St. Paul the Apostle in Ithaca, St. Martin de Porres in Perrinton. He spent time at the Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda during a temporary assignment and was the administrator at St. Agnes in Pinconning before being granted senior status in 1998.

Father Julius Spleet was ordained by the Most Rev. Stephen Woznicki in 1962. He served as an assistant pastor at: Ss. Peter & Paul in Saginaw, St. James in Bay City and Ss. Peter & Paul in Ruth. He served as pastor at: St. Catherine in Ossineke, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini in Vassar, St. John in Ubly, St. Agatha in Gagetown and Sacred Heart in Gladwin. He was granted senior priest status in 1999.

Father Ron Dombrowski was ordained by the Most Rev. Francis Reh in 1972. He served as a deacon at: St. Josaphat in Carrollton, St. Joseph in Saginaw and Sacred Heart in Caro. He served as an assistant pastor at: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, St. Stephen in Saginaw and St. James in Bay City. He served as pastor at: St. Edward the Confessor in Kinde, St. Mary of Czestochowa in Dwight Twp., St. Mary/St. Edward in Kinde, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Vassar, St. Bernard in Millington, St. Mary in Parisville, St. Mary in Port Sanilac, St. John Chrysostom in Forestville and St. Josaphat in Carrolton. He has served as administrator at Ss. Peter & Paul in Ruth and St. Matthew in Zilwaukee. He has served as sacramental minister at St. John the Baptist in Carrollton and is currently sacramental minister at St. Matthew in Zilwaukee.
 
Father James Falsey was ordained by the Most Rev. Francis Reh in 1972. He served as a deacon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Saginaw and St. James in Bay City. He served as chaplain at All Saints Central High School in Bay City. He was an assistant pastor at: St. James in Bay City and St. Mary University Parish in Mt. Pleasant, where he also served as co-pastor. He served as pastor at: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chesaning, St. Michael in Oakley, St. Michael in Wilmot and St. Joseph in Mayville. He spent several years doing mission work in Alaska and is currently the pastor at St. Mark in AuGres.

Father Jack Johnson was ordained by the Most Rev. Francis Reh in 1972. He served as a deacon at St. Norbert in Munger and Holy Spirit in Shields. He was an assistant pastor at: Holy Spirit in Shields, Blessed Sacrament in Midland, St. Helen in Saginaw and St. Mary University Parish in Mt. Pleasant, where he also served as co-pastor. He served as rector of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. He served as pastor at: Blessed Sacrament in Midland, St. James in Bay City and is currently the pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul in Saginaw.

Father Bill Rutkowski was ordained by the Most Rev. Kenneth Untener in 1987. He served as an associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Midland and St. Stanislaus in Bay City. He served as pastor at: St. Vincent de Paul in Shepherd, St. Leo in Winn, St. Stanislaus in Bay City and he is currently the pastor at St. Cecilia in Clare, St. Anne/St. Phillip in Edenville/Coleman and St. Henry/St. Charles in Rosebush/Leaton. Fr. Rutkowski also is the Director of Seminarians.


 

 
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