Witness to Hope
For 73 years, Charles Filice has called St. Mary Cathedral his home.
And, his love for the parish is why he and his wife, Judith, agreed to assist with the diocesan-wide Witness to Hope campaign within the parish.
The couple, along with Karol and Lance Lynch, were co-chairs of the campaign at the cathedral, and their role was to educate and engage parishioners through hosting question-and-answer receptions. The co-chairs also spoke to the congregation during the campaign’s kickoff.
For more than 100 years, St. Mary Cathedral has served as the center of the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Lansing, but its rich history dates back to before it was even named a cathedral.
The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lansing was established in 2016 as an important step in planning and providing for the future needs of the Catholic Church in our diocese. Initially, the Catholic Foundation will receive, administer and distribute funds raised through Witness to Hope.
The mission of the Catholic Foundation is as big as the diocese itself. The Diocese of Lansing extends from Hillsdale and Lenawee counties in the south, to Clinton and Shiawassee counties in the north – and includes Ann Arbor, Jackson, Flint and Lansing.
As a child, Msgr. Michael D. Murphy contemplated priesthood. The words of his mother changed his life.
While he paced the upstairs of his house, questioning if entering the seminary was the right move, he said his mother told him to simply check it out, and he could always return home. That advice, he said, was powerful enough that, if approached by someone discerning and looking for guidance, he tells them the same thing.
“I can't imagine doing something different than what I have done. It’s been extremely fulfilling,” he says.
Witness to Hope will provide support for successful parish programs that support evangelization. What types of programs are likely to be supported?
Encounter opportunities such as Alpha, Life in the Spirit seminars, Christ Renews His Parish, ChristLife, Cursillo, High School Kairos and more will be supported. Support also will be given to discipleship group initiatives, parish welcoming formation and leadership training.