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Life after being the bishop of Lansing

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.

The Call

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.

Jordyn Wieber - Olympic athlete

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.

Baseball and Priests

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.


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