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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC VOCATIONS May 27, 2016 3 (USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Carter Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. Opinion columns, letters to the editor and advertisements that appear in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The U.P. Catholic or the Diocese of Marquette. 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FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com MATTHEW CHARTIER St. Barbara, Vulcan College l WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations DID YOU KNOW MATTHEW... - is planning to spend a 2nd summer as a Totus Tuus Missionary? - worked as a soccer referee? - participated in a Steubenville conference, a youth encounter and was also president of his high school youth group? Their pilgrimage began in the lower peninsula of Michigan, went through Wisconsin, the Apostle Islands and ended at the tomb of Bishop Baraga at St. Peter Cathedral. The most powerful experience of the pilgrimage was the aftereffect. During the next six months my life changed radically and the call to the priesthood became undeniably loud and clear. The influence of Bishop Baraga was evident to Deacon utar following his visit to CCL. I realized that Bishop Baraga might have been involved from the very beginning of my entire and unusual story of first coming to Michi- fan, of all places, and then ending up as a religious in the U.P. Deacon utar will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving on Saturday, June 4 at noon in the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Ora- tory at Companions of Christ the Lamb Retreat Center in Paradise. He will also celebrate Mass in his hometown in Slovenia on July 10. DEACON AARON NOWICKI Some of my first religious memories I have was carrying the family Bible around the living room like the priest or deacon with the Book of the Gos- pels in procession, Deacon Nowicki stated. Around the same time, my brother was born and for his baptism party we borrowed tables from our parish church. I told my dad that we shouldnt take all the tables because the priest wouldnt be able to say Mass without his table! Deacon Nowicki, originally from Cheboygan, Mich., has come a long way in his journey to the priesthood. He saidhe had been asked to consider a vocation to the priesthood while he was in high school, but really had my mind set on a career in technolo- fy and getting married. Deacon Nowicki attend- ed Michigan Techno- logical University in Houghton, and was left job searching in 2007 after complet- ing his studies. I had a few good offers, but noth- ing overly exciting because they were far away from home and I was caring for my mom at the time. My brother called me with a job oppor- tunity at Northern Michigan University as a resident director in the residence hall, he said. With it I found the comfort I was looking for. I could do the work, it would be much closer to home and my mom. And, if I was foing to be a priest, I would be closer to Marquette. During his time in Marquette is where his serious discern- ment to the priest- hood began. It was in his first year of working at NMU when he deepened his commitment to Jesus. I began to regularly go to confession again, attended daily Mass, and had a weekly holy hour of adoration. I had always been a Sunday Mass attending Catholic that was looking for more. Deacon Nowicki had a handful of conversations with then bishop of Marquette, Bishop Alexander Sample. In addition, during his time at MTU he had built a relationship with Father Larry Van Damme. Throughout their conversations, Father Van Damme suggested he visit Mundelein Seminary for a Come and See weekend. It was there he met then Deacons Ben Hasse and Michael Chenier. I was able to see that those who were studying in the seminary were just like the rest of us, people with hobbies and a deep love for Jesus Christ. This visit gave Deacon Nowicki the assurance he needed to enter the semi- nary and begin spiritual direction with Msgr. Michael Steber. It was important to understand Gods movement within my heart and what God was calling me to do along with any road blocks that I had set in front of this process, he explained. In the fall of 2009, Deacon Nowicki began studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and was ordained a transi- tional deacon last May with Deacon utar. Each man experiences the seminary in a different way, but ultimately it will lead him to be a man of greater prayer and communion. My favorite moments were spent in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and also in the fraternity with our seminarians from the diocese and my classmates. What is Deacon Nowicki looking forward to as he enters his ministry as a priest? There are many things I look forward to doing as a priest, but with- out a doubt it will be celebrating the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Deacon Nowicki is the son of Richard Nowicki and the late Mary Kapalla. He also has a younger brother Benjamin, and sister-in-law Katie. He was able to officiate their wedding last year as a deacon, and is looking forward to be- coming an uncle this fall. As he stated, Im going to be Fruncle Aaron pretty soon, Im pretty excited about that! Deacon Nowicki's Masses of thanks- giving in the diocese are: St. Peter Cathedral, June 4, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; St. Mary, Norway, June 11, 4 p.m. and June 12, 10 a.m.; St. Barbara, Vulcan, June 11, 6 p.m. and June 12, 8 a.m.; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bark River, June 18, 5 p.m. and June 19, 8 and 10 a.m.; St. Joseph Mission, Foster City, June 19, 11 a.m. JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC Deacon Aaron Nowicki (left) prepares to process in during Mass at the Steubenville Youth Conference held in St. Paul, Minn. last summer. Deacon Aaron Nowicki D FROM PAGE 2 Ordination Invitation In the Spirit of Joy and Thanksgiving The Most Reverend John F. Doerfler in the name of The Diocese of Marquette invites you to witness the ordination of Deacons Aaron Nowicki and Jernej utar to the Order of Priesthood Friday, June 3, 2016, 3:30 p.m. (ET) St. Peter Cathedral, 311 W. Baraga Avenue. Marquette, Michigan A light reception will follow in the Cathedral Hall

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