Tom Wenzlick has been inspired. First, to attend a men’s conference almost a decade ago in Detroit, then to attend men’s conferences in Lansing regularly, and, finally, to help jump-start a local men’s conference in St. Johns.
On May 2, 2016, Sandra Wezi Pemba parked a block away from the clinic where she had scheduled an abortion. Wearing a prayer T-shirt, she dragged her feet as she walked.
She recalls her heavy heart and feeling of hopelessness: “It was the last of seven days of prayer I had begun when the baby’s father told me he was married with a family. He said I should get an abortion. I didn’t want one, but I was so confused.
“I prayed ‘You be God and I’ll be Wezi. Please tell me what to do.’
Stephen's faith is at the core of his medical practice
Dr. Stephen Hickner and his wife, Carol, were very happy with their life in Wyoming. Following his 20-year obstetrics/gynecology career largely spent in Grand Rapids, the Hickners could wrap a week of work at 5 p.m. Friday and by sunset have a tent pitched in Yellowstone National Park, ready to enjoy the splendor God had created. But Stephen — sometimes enthusiastically, sometimes reluctantly — always kept his ears open to hear God’s call.
For many Catholic attorneys, they find it difficult to balance their work in law with their Catholic faith. Particularly in light of issues such as abortion and same-sex “marriage,” Catholic lawyers need support to be able to live out their faith in their professional lives. Formed in July 2015, the Catholic Bar Association (CBA) plans to offer that support in the form of an umbrella organization. The goal of the CBA is to provide the more than 60 Catholic lawyers’ guilds across the U.S.
Pray, Witness, Invite, Accompany
Approximately 1,800 people gathered at the Summit on Oct. 21-22 for the Called by Name Assembly, hosted by the Diocese of Lansing. The focus of the assembly was on creating a plan for bringing someone you love back to church. Many participants said the presence of the Holy Spirit was perceptible to them. Photography by Don Quillan