"May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.” This is the prayer that Catholic priests recite at the end of each day during Night Prayer – part of the prayers every priest promises to pray throughout each day. It was this same brief prayer, albeit in Latin at the time, that was uttered by Father Thomas Byles as he strolled along the moonlit deck of a magnificent ocean liner en route to New York the evening of April 14, 1912. The name of that luxurious ship was RMS Titanic.
As we begin the celebration of the anniversary of the Diocese of Lansing, we talked with Most Rev. Carl Mengeling, who was the fourth bishop of Lansing, from Jan. 25, 1996, until April 28, 2008. He talks about those 12 years and about what he is doing in retirement.
It began the last Monday of October 1995. After Bible class, my associate told me a man with a heavy accent would phone at 9 p.m.
Jane Sessions welcomes visitors into the Department of Formation’s Office of Seminarians with a warm, wide smile and sparkling eyes. Strangers or friends, secular or religious, Jane offers hospitality, assistance or a listening ear to each person.
Jordyn is a gymnast from St. Jude Parish in DeWitt who is a member of the 2012 Olympic Team. To date, she’s competed in more than two dozen international and national competitions, recently becoming one of two women ever to win the AT&T American Cup in New York. Gymnastics are important to Jordyn, but she knows there is more to life.
“I like to look at my gymnastics ability as a great gift from God,” she says. “Without God in my life, I feel like there would be no meaning.”
Jordyn says her strong faith comes from her parents: Rita and David.
Clif Farr has been a baseball fan (spelled n-u-t) since he was a boy. Combine that with his enthusiasm for his faith and you get an unusual night at the ballpark every year.
This year it will be Aug. 17, when the Lansing Lugnuts host the Fort Wayne Tincaps. From the ceremonial first pitch at 7:05 p.m. by Bishop Boyea, to the fireworks display following the game, there will be a lot of Catholicism mixed in with the baseball.