Chris Cullin signed up, and paid the $40 fee, but as the date drew near for the 2017 Men’s Conference at Our Lady of Fatima in the Jackson area, he told his wife he would not be attending. Spending seven hours at “church” didn’t sound very appealing. But circumstances led to his attendance, and Chris walked away transformed by the experience.
Would you walk the streets of one of Flint’s most depressed neighborhoods?
Deacon Mike Martin is an imposing guy. He drives a big truck. He owned a heating and cooling business in the Ann Arbor area, and is a deacon at St. Mary parish in Chelsea. When Bishop Earl Boyea launched the FAITH in Flint initiative, Deacon Mike participated in a day for deacons and, through prayer, was reminded of a call he felt to serve the poor. He reached out to Father Firestone.
“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” These words from a poem by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest and renowned scientist, resonate with 54-year-old Michael McMurtray. Passionate about his faith, Michael’s recent return to Catholicism is testimony to that slow work and trust. “I better understand that everything I did was ultimately searching for God’s love; I was just looking in the wrong places,” he says. And he looked for a long time.
In August, seven women from the Diocese of Lansing accompanied Dawn Hausmann, director of consecrated vocations, on a Nun Run to New York City. As part of their discernment process, the women visited six religious communities, served in soup kitchens and listened to talks about the orders. Below is Mandy Pohl’s reflection of her experience.
More than 1,000 women from across the diocese took time of out of their busy schedules on Nov. 4 to attend the Diocese of Lansing Women’s Conference at the Lansing Center The sellout crowd was inspired and challenged by speakers Erin Looby-Carlson, Colleen Mitchell, Father Matthias Thelen and Father Mark Rutherford. Music was provided by Melanie Rea and local musicians.
A bond with Catholicism for Stephanie Van Koevering of DeWitt happened in a series of chapters, like a terrific book. At the start of the book, Stephanie had no idea she would end up in love with the Catholic faith.
“We all have journeys in all of our stories,” Stephanie says. “My kids have been taught from a young age that you look for those stories in people.”
As a child growing up in Bangor, Mich., every week Stephanie attended the First Congregational Church where she had been baptized.