Between school drop offs, business meetings, extracurriculars and managing a home, it can feel impossible to find time to devote regularly to a regular catechetical study. Thankfully, technology presents us with ample opportunities to continue our faith education from the comfort of our home, with a flexibility that can work for any schedule.
“It's so awesome — can we tell people about this?!" That was Heather Hicks’ question after learning about the online faith formation courses offered through the diocese’s Institute of Missionary Discipleship (IMD). The newly appointed Director of Religious Education for St. Cyril Parish, Nashville, was embarking on completing her catechist certification and was enthralled with the online courses, which are offered through a partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville.
The daily life of a priest may surprise you. If you’re Father José Haro, activities can range from celebrating Mass to unclogging a toilet to even contending with a wild turkey. In this diocesan “Year of Priestly Spiritual Renewal and Prayer for Vocations,” I caught up with Father José, the pastor of St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, and Director of Vocations for the Diocese to get a better glimpse into a day in the life of a priest.
This year’s two distinguished honorees of the Bishop Paul V. Donovan Founder’s Society Award for Outstanding service are Msgr. Michael Hazard, Vicar General and hospital chaplain, and Margaret Mary (Peggy) Gallagher, retired religious education director of St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph. Honorees are chosen who exemplify tireless service in the name of Jesus and who reflect a love for God through service to the Catholic Church and the members of the Body of Christ. The 2022 recipients were honored during the Feast of St. Augustine Mass on Aug. 28, 2022, at St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo.
As he walks the halls of his alma mater, John Proos stops to greet the school staff, joke with one of the high school students and give a shoutout to his daughter Nora’s soccer teammate on a great game. The memories come flooding back for the 1988 graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic (LMC)* [now Our Lady of the Lake] as he recalls the lifelong friends he made and the faith-centered education that paved his path to public service.
A new era for Lake Michigan Catholic (LMC) schools began with the announcement that LMC is becoming Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School. The announcement was made official on March 2, 2022. The new name reflects the school’s renewed focus on education, faith and citizenship, a charge led by canonical pastor Father John D. Fleckenstein.
EL VERANO SE ACERCA Y PARA MUCHOS ESTO SIGNIFICA VACACIONES EN FAMILIA O QUIZÁS VIAJES AL EXTRANJERO PARA APRENDER SOBRE UNA CULTURA DIFERENTE A LA NUESTRA. PARA ALGUNAS PERSONAS EN NUESTRA DIÓCESIS, EL VERANO SIGNIFICA CAMINAR Y APRENDER MÁS SOBRE NUESTRA FE, PERO NO POR MEDIO DE LIBROS Y CLASES SINO POR MEDIO DE LA ACCIÓN.
Summer is approaching and for many this means family vacations or perhaps trips abroad to learn about a culture different from our own. For some people in our diocese, summer means walking and learning more about our faith, not through books and classes but through action.