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The Catholic Diocese of Marquette is seeking nomina- tions for the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The award was developed to create awareness of those who show exemplary leadership and commitment to carrying out the mission of the Catholic Church in word and action. It recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church. The award may be fiven to a man or a woman, for example, a priest, deacon, woman religious or lay person. Award recipients will be honored at their parish during the summer or fall of 2016 and at the bishops ambassadors dinner in October. Recipients receive an engraved medallion from the bishop as a token of fratitude and their parish will receive a $250 grant for faith formation. The U.P. Catholic Newspaper will highlight the recipients. Last year the award was given to James Newnum of Holy Redeemer in Menom- inee and Rudolph Schmitt of Sacred Heart in Calumet. More information on the Catholic Service Award cri- teria and a nomination form, can be found online at www. LegacyOfFaith.net, or contact Terri Gadzinski at (906) 227- 9108 or email, tgadzinski@ dioceseofmarquette.org. The nomination deadline is May 1, 2016. Last years nominees will automatically be considered for the 2016 Catholic Service Award. It is not necessary to complete a new nomination form, but additional informa- tion can be submitted. As a child growing up in Harvey, Christina Lochner would notice the Marquette Branch Prison each time her family drove to or from Marquette. She recalls thinking, I wonder if any- one ever visits prisoners? Visiting those in prison, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, comes from the fundamental words of Jesus, I was in prison and you visited me (Mt. 25:36). Now a sophomore at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, Lochner is planning to study biology. For several years Lochner felt a yearn- ing to visit those in prison. Over time, that yearning was strengthened to what she called a tugging at her heart. Last July, Lochner attended the Steubenville North youth rally in St. Paul Minnesota with the diocesan Yahwehs Yoopers group. During ad- oration, she again felt the familiar tug toward prison ministry. As adoration progressed, the tugging on her heart increased, until finally she asked God, is prison ministry some- thing you want me to do? Sens- ing the answer, Lochner said, fine God, I will do prison ministry. After this surrender she said a wash of peace came over me that I had never felt before. Lochner returned to Steuben- ville for the fall semester, where at the ministry fair she went directly to the table for the prison ministry froup and immediately signed up. Once a week the group visits the Bel- mont Correctional Institute, a medium security prison in St. Clairsville, Ohio. The group meets on campus and while traveling together to the prison, they pray the rosary for the inmates. Getting into the facility is no easy task; one must sign in, present your official identification in exchange for a visitor pass, go through a metal detector, be escorted by guards, through doors that automatically lock, verify a second time that you are an approved visitor, sign in a second time. Lochner admits to feeling anxious during her first visit, I wondered how they would react to us and what we were telling them. Her anxiety quickly melted away as she sensed that the in- mates, were trying so hard to remain holy and follow God. Their environ- ment makes that very challenging, and Lochner affirmed that, many of the inmates are very nice; one mistake or poor choice is all that separates us. During the visits Lochner and the other students teach R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), share their Catholic faith with inmates and celebrate Mass with them. Following Mass, the students and inmates put away the missalettes, clean up the area and part ways. Leaving the prison is just as challenging as getting in, all the same security measures in reverse. On the drive home, the students continue their ministry by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the inmates. Throughout this Holy Year, The U.P. Catholic will be highlighting the works of mercy taking place in our parishes and communities across the Upper Peninsula. If you have a story and pictures of a person or group of people who are actively engaging in works of mercy, email your sugges- tion to The U.P. Catholic at news@ dioceseofmarquette.org. 8 February 5, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC YEAR OF MERCY www.upcatholic.org The Catholic Diocese of Marquette seeks an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Administration and Finance who desires to serve the Catholic Church. Required skills and qualifications include: High school diploma or GED Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Comfortable using digital technology Organization, time management, and prioritization skills Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Able to work well as part of a team This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Apply online at: mqtdiocese.sdsjobs.com Dear Friends, I have enjoyed getting to know many good people who have recently made a retreat at Marygrove, seeking a place of quiet refuge from the turbulent world we live in. If you have not been to Marygrove in awhile, please consider signing up for one of our retreats. The Garden Peninsula is a special place, in the heart of the Diocese. Christ calls each of us quietly, but relentlessly, to enter into a deeper relationship with Him, to become, truly, a disciple of the Lord. One of the blessings afforded by a place such as Marygrove is the quiet and stress-free time to hear that invitation. May your heart be filled with the joy and peace that only the Lord can give, - Father Tim Ferguson Mercy Corner: College student visits the imprisoned Christina Lochner Nominations for Catholic Service Award due by May 1 Follow us on Twitter! Visit www.twitter. com and follow @ TheUPCatholic

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