Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Saginaw Gets First Permanent Deacon in 25 Years

Bishop Robert Carlson of Saginaw, formerly Bishop of Sioux Falls (sadly a still vacant See) and a former Auxiliary Bishop of St Paul- Minneapolis, continues to make waves in his new office.

For the first time since 1981, a permanent deacon will be ordained to serve in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Bishop Robert J. Carlson is set to ordain Aloysius J. Oliver as a permanent deacon for the diocese at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at St. Brigid Parish in Midland.

"This is going to be a very proud day for the St. Brigid Parish community and the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw," said Father James Wm. Bessert, pastor at St. Brigid Parish. "Mr. Oliver is a man of deep Catholic faith and character. We are all blessed that he has said yes to God’s calling him to a vocation in service of our local Church."

Oliver will become the 16th permanent deacon to be actively serving in the 11-county diocese and the first to be ordained by Bishop Carlson since he was installed on Feb. 24, 2005.
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Rumor has it from Rocco the Irrepressible at Whispers in the Loggia that Bishop Carlson is on many promotion lists after only 18 months in Saginaw.

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