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10 March 31, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC ALTARED www.upcatholic.org April 6 - 9 , 2017 Day of Discovery: May 7, 2017 CAMP INDEPENDENCE: SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS AND LIFEGUARDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE! Counselors and Lifeguards needed for Camp Independence, a one-week recreational summer camp for adults with physical disabilities. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, enthusiastic, responsible, and enjoy working with adults. Dates of camp are August 18 - 26, 2017. Salary, room and board, and a very personally rewarding experience! For information contact: Bay Cliff Health Camp at (906) 345-9314 or baycliff@baycliff.org, or visit us at www.baycliff.org or www.facebook.com/baycliff FORD: Combining priesthood with coaching basketball six games, and two tournaments against other seminary teams. The opponents include a team organized by SHMS security personnel, and their family members. According to Father Ford, the home game highlight of the year is play- ing against priest alumni from SHMS. "Their return to the seminary each year is a nice homecoming for them. Even though the seminarians beat them this year!" Father Ford enjoys the challenges that come with coaching, and finds that it is just another way for him to minister. "They all want to com- pete well and bring home a tournament trophy, so it is tough when you get close and don't make it, but these men of God are also able to put these things in perspective and know how to encourage and build each other up to be the best they can be together." He added, "Even when we lose, the Lord is present as we pray together each practice and before and after each game, and experiencing the brother- hood and fraternal charity amongst us is the best part of it all." Father Ford explained that coaching basketball has been a unique part of ministry. For him, it is similar to other team efforts such as putting on retreats or ministering to a youth group. "A coach has to coordinate the differ- ent player's strengths to work for the best common outcome, and each player has to be unselfish in their play for the team. So, too, in ministries and parishes, leaders have to do the same so that each person can contribute their gifts and strengths for the best common outcome of witnessing to Jesus and bringing those who do not know him to encoun- ter him in the ministry and parish." Father Ford is a priest of the Diocese of Marquette. He is currently study- ing for a Licentiate Degree in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In addition, he is on the faculty of the seminary as a spiritual director. FROM PAGE 9 Father Ford and teammates welcome Adam Maher offof the court during one of the team's tournaments this past year. Maher is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Semi- nary in Detroit, studying for the Diocese of Saginaw. Father Ryan Ford t b c j m p Have photos of parish or school events? Send to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org

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