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2 May 27, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC VOCATIONS www.upcatholic.org For more information / registration contact Martha Tomasi @ 906-227-9155 Mtomasi@DioceseOfMarquette.org Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Sunday, June 12, 2016 St. Louis the King Parish, Marquette Mass: 3:00 p.m. ET Dinner to follow Meet The Bishop Day Open to individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers wish Father Louis Bracket a very happy and blessed 95th Birthday! The Staff & Residents of the BY JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC The journey to the priesthood is different for each man. Some hear the call strongly as youth, while others dont hear it until later on in life. Deacons Aaron Nowicki and Jernej utar have two very different backgrounds, coming from Michigan and Slovenia, respectively. However, what they have in common is both will God willing be or- dained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Marquette on June 3. The ordination Mass is sched- uled to begin at 3:30 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. DEACON JERNEJ UTAR Deacon utars journey to the priesthood began by him moving to the United States in 2000, though he didnt realize what God was up to at the time. A native of Videm-Dobrepol- je in Slovenia, Deacon utar was on a retreat in Slovenia when a priest he hadnt met before came up to him and said, The Lord told me to give you this application for a full time scholarship at Ave Marie College (in Ypsilanti, Mich.), including room and board, and the once a year airfare to go home. I thought to myself, thats probably one of those things that looks too good to be true. But, I filled it out and a sure enough I got an email saying I was accepted. At that point I began to realize that the Lord was up to something, Deacon utar said. According to Deacon utar, he was unsure what God was pointing him to, and after almost fetting married, obtaining two degrees and trying several jobs he knew he needed to stop to listen closer to what God was telling him. The more I was thinking in the direction of being a priest, the more peace I had, he said. So much so, that I actually signed up as a commuter student at Sacred Heart. I felt strongly drawn to the priesthood, but I didnt see myself as a parish priest. Deacon utar attended a retreat at the Com- panions of Christ the Lamb (CCL) in Paradise, Mich., and found the answers he had been searching for. It just felt right, nothing else felt so right in my life. I thought about it for a year and moved up there for a year of discernment and I did my novitiate. CCL is currently in the process of becoming a religious order. Its in the third step of the process which makes it a Public Clerical Asso- ciation. During this stage, all CCL priesthood candidates go through the local diocese. The charism of the community is fostering of the interior life and closeness with nature. There is a lot of emphasis in our society on the external, the pragmatic aspect of our lives, on efficiency. We focus on the interior life, on sim- plicity, explained Deacon utar. His year as a novice, he professed his tempo- rary vows with CCL. In 2010 at the age of 32, he returned to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit as a candidate for the priesthood. Deacon utar credits much of his priesthood journey to the first bishop of the Diocese of Mar- quette, Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga. Dea- con utars hometown in Slovenia is just across the hill from Bishop Baragas native town. Bishop Baraga was instrumental, if not an es- sential element in my calling to the priesthood. Ever since the Jubilee year in 2000 when the Lord brought me to the U.S., I wanted to make a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Bishop Baraga, he explained. Eight years later a brother in Christ and I felt called to make this pilgrimage on motorcycles. Deacons utar and Nowicki reflect on the journey to the priesthood JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Deacon Jernej utar kneels before Bishop John Doerfler and takes the promise of obedience during his (transitional) deacon ordination last May. Deacon Jernej utar D CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Have photos of parish or school events? Send to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org

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