Special Reports

Meet Father Mike Murray

 

The path to the priesthood for Father Mike Murray, 66, has been quite a journey. A widower, Murray has two adult children, 35 and 30. With their blessing, Murray answered God’s call to serve.

What was the process that led you to pursue the priesthood?

I have been a deacon since 2005. Following the death of my wife, I spoke with several priests, prayed about this possibility and then approached the bishop. He was willing to let me begin the process, and so here we are.

Meet Father Paul Donnelly

Paul Donnelly, 34 and a native of Ypsilanti, lived in Honduras and New York City before returning to his home state to pursue the priesthood. He served as a Franciscan brother for 12 years.

How did you hear God’s call to become a priest?

The change that led me to pursue the priesthood was interior. No one among my acquaintances asked me to consider a priestly vocation. But during high school, I experienced Jesus' lordship and had to admit to myself that something I had actively resisted was becoming desirable.

The Catholic response to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history

Pope Francis and a chorus of U.S. bishops condemned the shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, which killed 49 people and injured more than 50.

The Vatican response

Pope Francis joined bishops and clergy across the U.S. in condemning this attack on innocent civilians, calling the violence an act of “senseless hatred.” A statement from the Vatican read:

‘Only love can break the cycle of violence’ Bishops respond to violence in the U.S.

Pictured right: Dallas police sergeant Paul Hinton (C) takes part in a prayer circle after a Black Lives Matter protest following the multiple police shootings in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Over the course of the past few months, the news has been filled with stories about violence – from the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, to the killing of two men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the subsequent murder of police officers in the line of duty.   

Special Report: Amoris Laetitia

On April 8, 2016, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love. Pope Francis issued Amoris Laetitia in response to both the Third Extraordinary and the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Specifically, the pope wanted to “gather the contributions of the two recent synods on the family, while adding other considerations as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice, and as a help and encouragement to families in their daily commitments and challenges.”

FaithFest16: A family festival of faith

What is FaithFest16? It is a celebration of faith and family that will take place on Saturday, June 25 on the grounds of the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. It is a day filled with faith sharing, live music, food, recreational activities and fireworks. And, of course, there will be opportunities for prayer and Mass with Bishop Boyea. FaithFest is part of Bishop Boyea’s effort to equip disciples in the diocese to reach out and evangelize the wider community.

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