For Rebecca Berkemeier, still waters run deep. Any given day might find this rising Jackson Lumen Christi freshman playing saxophone, running cross country, checking Pinterest, watching Netflix or hanging out with close friends. In her last year of middle school, she participated in music ministry and Builders’ Club, and earned the Service Award for her class. The youngest of a musical family, Becca especially loves worship music because it opens channels to a deeper connection with God.
Stranded on the highway for life
Grace Benz had heard about the March for Life from her older siblings, and she couldn’t wait to experience the annual event firsthand with her eighth-grade class from Spiritus Sanctus Academy (SSA) in Plymouth. But she got more than she bargained for when the group wound up in the middle of a snowstorm that delayed their return – and allowed Grace to trust God in a whole new way.
For Ciara Ferris and her family, 2016 began on a high note that is still gracing their lives. As an eighth-grader at St. Francis of Assisi school, Ciara traveled with her choir to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica for the 2016 New Year’s Day Mass, and her parents and younger sister got to go along.
“Every five years, we get invited,” says Ciara.
The well-respected choir participated in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores, an organization that brings together Catholic youth choirs from around the world.
Pictured right, from left to right: Tom Maloney, Elaine Crosby, Michael Kenney, Rory Mattar
Over the course of the past year, Bishop Earl Boyea appointed the following individuals as the first presidents of our four Catholic high schools when the Diocese of Lansing adopted the president/principal leadership model. Their role is to provide visionary leadership to the school, assuring the success of its organization, fund development and enrollment management. FAITH spoke to each president.
One of the most important aspects of Witness to Hope is strengthening the parishes of the Diocese of Lansing. It is in the parishes that our faith is evangelized, and where the faithful meet Christ in sacrament and worship. Bishop Earl Boyea has made this one of the cornerstone principles of the campaign, and has worked to introduce an innovative new fund-sharing process.