Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Good News About Saginaw and its Bishop Robert Carlson

Former archdiocesan Auxiliary Bishop Robert Carlson, who was appointed Bishop of Sioux Falls in 1995 and then Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan in 2005, continues to do wonders working against the secular tide, vocation-wise. Rocco from Whispers notes:
This is the first time since 1982 that at least four priests have been ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. Four men were ordained that year by Bishop Kenneth E. Untener, however, those ordinations did not take place on the same day. June 7, 1969 was the last day in which at least four priests were ordained for Saginaw on the same day by Bishop Francis F. Reh at St. Mary Cathedral in Saginaw....

Bishop Carlson also is set to ordain two transitional deacons during a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Midland.
The Saginaw ordinations bring to seven the number of new priests ordained by Bishop Robert Carlson... that is, just within the last year.

For the record, the Michigan diocese counts a Catholic population of somewhere around 140,000.

The litany of vocational wonder-workers is well-known: Carlson's 30-odd candidates (up from two on his 2005 arrival in Saginaw); Bishop Robert Morlino's six-to-30+ over his five years in Madison; Bishop Art Serratelli's nearly forty in Paterson -- a 900% increase during his four years in the North Jersey diocese... etc.

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