Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Father Larry was among the first priests of the Diocese of Saginaw whom I got to know after arriving here as Bishop in 2009. I especially looked forward to his generous hospitality when I would go to St. Agnes Church to celebrate the monthly diocesan youth Mass, Feed the Fire. He also was very devoted to our seminarians and hosted a cookout for them in the summer.
I am grateful to God for giving me the chance to sit down and spend time with Father Larry on the previous Friday - a week ago; the day before he died. He had indicated to me recently that he was considering retirement and we met in my office to discuss his plans. We talked a lot about his priesthood and the many ways he served the Diocese of Saginaw. All along the way, I expressed my deep gratitude for all he has done to serve the Lord and the People of God here in this diocese. I could not have thanked him enough.
On Friday, Father Larry's family said goodbye to a good brother and a good uncle. The people of St. Agnes Parish said goodbye to a good pastor. The priests of the Diocese of Saginaw said goodbye a beloved brother. And we all said goodbye to a dear friend.
May he rest in peace.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Following our Church celebration of All Saints and All Souls days at the beginning of this month, I joined my brother priests and deacons today at the Center for Ministry in Saginaw to celebrate Mass and pray for the souls of the deceased Bishops, Priests, and Deacons who have served in the Diocese of Saginaw since it was established in 1938.
May angels lead you into Paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your coming and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May a choir of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.
A list of our brothers who sleep in Christ can be found as it was posted on the DoS News Blog today.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Join me and hundreds more from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw on January 22-25 at the 2011 March for Life in Washington, D.C., marking the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade. Adult accommodations are available. All participants age 18 and over must have completed VIRTUS safe environment training, a Background Check, and signed Standards of Ministerial Behavior for those Working with Children and Young People. For more information, go to www.saginaw.org/marchforlife.
Also, check out my Respect Life Month message on the DoS News Blog.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
I was honored to commission eight men and women for the first time. Congratulations and thank you to Joanne Dana, Terrie DeWaele, Pamela Kahler, Linda Oeschger, Loretta Puvalowski, Denise Ryman, Robert Stoma, and Wallace Tenbusch - the Class of 2010. In addition, 50 others re-committed themselves for another three years and 17 men and women were granted permanent status as commissioned lay ministers.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I was at the East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw on Thursday to accept a check from the Knights of Columbus on behalf of the Diocese of Saginaw. I want to thank the Knights of Columbus for their generous gift of $4,023. The donation allowed me to make contributions to eight soup kitchens and food pantries across the diocese and bring awareness to the issue of hunger in our local communities.
While I was at the soup kitchen, I was able to work a lunch-shift on the serving line, greeting and serving food to all the adults, teens and children who came for a meal.
It was a very spiritual experience. You look into the eyes of the people who are there — people of all ages and walks of life — and you just know that you are meeting Christ.
Thank you to all who work, volunteer and support efforts to feed the hungry.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
While they are not his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, my father enjoyed the evening we spent at Dow Diamond cheering on our own Great Lakes Loons. We had a nice trip Up North to beautiful Mackinac Island - what a treasure! And my parents love going to Frankenmuth. If they could fit Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in their suitcases, they would probably take it home with them.
Today, they came to work with me to the Diocesan Center so my mother could treat the diocesan staff to some Cistone Family recipes. She even put on a small cooking demonstration in the Center for Ministry dining room. I am not sure who enjoyed themselves more - my parents being entertained by the staff or the staff being entertained by my parents. It was a lot of fun.
My mother shared her recipes for Italian Wedding Cookies (which she is making in the photo below), Filled Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, Ricotti Cookies, Cranberry Mold, and Josephine's Potato Salad, Manicotti for Company and the Italian pasta "Cavetelli."
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Click here to download the registration and sponsorship form and participate in this year's Charity Golf Classic.
And, please, don't forget to pray for our seminarians and priests.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
On Monday I was invited to celebrate Mass for the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma and participate in the ceremonial profession of Perpetual Vows of Sister Mary Christa Nutt.
See more photos from the event on the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Facebook page and watch an excerpt of my homily below.
Monday, August 16, 2010
This episcopal ordination held a unique blessing for me as it was the first time that I, as a Bishop - in my role as one of the successors of the Apostles, - had the honor to serve as a Co-Consecrator of these new bishops along with Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Principal Consecrator.
Canon law perscribes that "unless the Apostolic See has granted a dispensation, the principal bishop consecrator in an episcopal consecration is to be joined by at least two consecrating bishops; it is especially appropriate, however, that all the bishops present consecrate the elect together." (Can. 1014)
You can see highlights of the August 6 ordination of Bishop Fitzgerald and Bishop McIntyre in the YouTube video below as posted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:
And later this week, on Wednesday, I will be at the Installation of the Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa.
Bishop McFadden and I are "twin bishops," meaning that we were consecrated bishops at the same Mass, like Bishop Fitzgerald and Bishop McIntyre earlier this month. Bishop McFadden and I were ordained bishops on July 28, 2004 and served together as Auxiliary Bishops in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia until my appointment as Bishop of Saginaw in 2009.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I’m a deep believer in the power of prayer, and I want to thank all of those who joined me in prayer outside the Women’s Health Care Clinic today, Saturday July 10. I plan to pray outside the clinic again, and I encourage others to go there and pray for the values of life. A simple prayer, without saying another word, is a very powerful thing to do.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The diocesan staff surprised me with cake again today while I was at a luncheon with priests following the annual Senior Priests' Mass at the Center for Ministry. ( I told you they love any excuse to have a party!)
With yesterday being the anniversary of my priestly ordination and today being my birthday, I often enjoy asking children how it could be possible that I was ordained when I was 25, but didn't celebrate my first Mass until I was 26. Their first response is often that it must have been because I needed more training. (Don't you just love kids?!) The truth is that I celebrated my first Mass on my 26th birthday, which was the next day following my ordination in 1975.
Thank you to all of you who have wished me a happy anniversary and happy birthday during this, my first year as Bishop of Saginaw. God love you!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
You also can read about this year's Bishop Murphy Award winner.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I want to thank all of you for joining us here at the Cathedral for this Chrism Mass. I offer a particular welcome to all the young people who have gathered here. I hope you find this ceremony informative and inspiring.
In a special way I wish to greet you, my brother priests. This Mass speaks distinctively to us who have been called by God and graced by the gift of the Priesthood. I pray it is a day of renewal and blessings for all of you.
In the Chrism Mass, the Church celebrates two important elements associated with our faith: the Blessing of Oils and the Renewal of Priestly Promises. Ordinarily, the Chrism Mass takes place on Holy Thursday, before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. For obvious reasons, this is not always possible for dioceses like our own where distance makes it difficult for all the priests to gather on Holy Thursday. However, there is an important connection between these two liturgical celebrations, which I will explain.
Friday, March 26, 2010
- 10 a.m. Sunday: Mass, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
- 10:30 a.m., Tuesday: Chrism Mass
- 7 p.m., Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- 1 p.m., Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
- 9 p.m., Saturday: Mass, The Easter Vigil
- 10 a.m., April 4: Mass, Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
First Reading: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7
Gosepl: Mk 3:7-12