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Deacon Ordinations

On May 18, Bishop Boyea ordained 16 men to the diaconate. The ordination Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing was filled with more than 1,000 worshippers, along with more than 100 Diocese of Lansing priests and deacons. Four of the deacons were ordained to the transitional diaconate – they are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood next year. They are:

How Dan's faith journey led him to the Catholic Church

Daniel Mattson is just like you and me. He is Catholic, baptized at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lansing. He is a passionate disciple of God, citing Scripture and calling on the Lord through prayer. He is also attracted to men, and for many, this acknowledgment of the latter means he isn’t welcome in the Church.

Dan vehemently disagrees, and is trying to change the perception of both the men and women experiencing feelings of rejection in their lives, and from those who deem same-sex attraction congregants as outsiders.

Parenting tips from a priest and his wife - Father Steve and Cindy Anderson

Father Steve Anderson was ordained in 2003. He is the first married priest in the Diocese of Lansing. Previously, he was a priest in the Charismatic Episcopal Church. He and Cindy have been married 34 years, and have three sons – Christian, 15, Steven, 18, and Austin, 28, who is married and has two sons. Father Steve is the pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Burton.


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