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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.

Habemus Papam! We have a pope!

A Number of “Firsts”

The result of the papal election is significant for its number of “firsts.” For the first time in 100 years, the conclave arrived at a consensus on the 5th ballot. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first pope to take the name, Francis. He is also the first non-European pope in modern times, the first South American pope, and the first Jesuit pope.

Father Mark Thelen - Legionary of Christ

On Dec. 12, 2012, Mark Thelen of Ann Arbor was ordained as a priest for the Legion of Christ by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S., the papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi. The ordination took place at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.

Father Mark is the son of  Brian and Mary Ann Thelen, and the oldest of five. He is a graduate of Father Gabriel Richard High School and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He and his family are members of St. Thomas Parish, Ann Arbor.

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