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2 April 1, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Special collection provides support to senior priests BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC He was a religious brother who taught in Chi- cagos inner city schools. He marched with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hes a radio announcer school graduate (P.J. the D.J.) who ended up working as a manager trainee at J.C. Penney in his hometown of Hancock. He studied for two years at Suomi College (now Finlandia Univer- sity) and has served on the universitys board of alumni. He was nominated to be chaplain of the United States House of Repre- sentatives; however, Father Daniel Coughlin received the nod and became the first Catholic priest to serve in that position. Hes also a senior priest of the Diocese of Marquette. These days you'll find Father Paul Nomellini celebrating Mass at parishes that need a priest to fill in. Turning 79 this May, health issues may keep him from genuflecting, but that doesnt slow him down much. Hes booked with weekend Masses into July. Father Nomellini is also known for conduct- ing parish missions, even after retirement, until recently. He still participates in parish penance services and noted that during a recent lengthy service all but one penitent con- fessed face-to-face. People are comfortable with me, he said. I love being a priest. Saying Mass and hearing confessions is one of the greatest gifts God has fiven us. As a youth, he was a member of the former St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish in Hancock and attended the parish grade school. He was even active as a Catholic during college at Suomi. However, it came as a surprise to some when the 23-year-old J.C. Penney management trainee announced to his family in 1960 that he was going to Notre Dame to be a brother with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He said his mother exclaimed, Why Paul, you only go to church on Sundays! He said he is fond of the Brothers who gave me my education, including a masters degree in education focusing on guidance counseling and addictive behaviors from Butler University in Indianapolis. Then Brother Nomellini was teach- ing English and American history to high school students in Chicago, counseling and working with gangs, and was the superior of his com- munity when he followed the call to the priesthood. His family was once again surprised by his path in life, with his mom proclaiming, You werent even an altar boy! The Brothers gave him a leave of absence during his studies at the seminary. On July 1, 1977, Bishop Charles Salatka ordained Nomel- lini a priest of the Diocese of Marquette. Among his favorite memories of active priest- hood is being chaplain of Lake Superior State College (now University) from 1978 to 1980. He served at St. Mary Queen of Peace parish in Kingsford from 1993 to 2002 when Bish- op James Garland granted him senior priest status. LOREENE ZENO KOSKEY THE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Paul Nomellini stops for a photo in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Chapel of the diocesan offices in Mar- quette. Though Father Nomellini is a senior priest of the diocese, he remains active, especially in celebrating Masses, in parishes throughout the Upper Peninsula. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 a U i t c a m t a w

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