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Planning Tomorrow's Parishes
Fr. Bill Rutkowski Interview
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Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes began in September 2011, as part of a strategic planning process that engaged more than 600 pastors, pastoral administrators and parish members representing every parish across the Diocese of Saginaw to assess the state of churches and develop recommendations for future parish life. Additionally, a 19-member Diocesan Planning Commission formed of priests, deacons, pastoral administrators, religious sisters and lay people was appointed by Bishop Cistone to review suggestions from each cohort, a grouping of three to seven neighboring parishes, and make recommendations to him.


rutkowski william 2010.jpgOur Vicar General


Father William (Bill) Rutkowski was born in Bad Axe. With his four brothers and two sisters, he grew up and worked on the labor-intensive family dairy farm. One of his brothers continues to work on the family farm, which has modernized and expanded. Father Bill tells of leaving the farm for seminary. He later took a semester at home, not because of vocational doubts, but because he so missed rural life. Father Bill was ordained to the priesthood on Nov. 1, 1987, and has served in various parishes.

His previous assignment, dating from July 1, 2010, was as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Clare. A year later, he was also given responsibility as pastor of St. Henry/St. Charles Parish in Rosebush and Leaton and St. Anne/St. Philip Neri Parish in Edenville and Coleman. Since July 1, 2010, he has also served as director of seminarians.

In July 2013, Father Bill’s responsibility changed dramatically as he became the vicar general of the diocese. In addition, he serves as a sacramental minister in St. John Vianney Parish in Saginaw, while he continues to serve as director of seminarians. Continue reading