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16 June 17, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS www.upcatholic.org Two newly-ordained priests are receiving assignments and two seasoned priests are be- finning new assignments this year. Only a few clergy are receiving new assign- ments this year, including two newly-ordained priests, Father Aaron Nowicki and Father Jernej utar. Fathers Nowicki and utar were ordained by Bishop John Doerfler at St. Peter Cathedral on June 3, 2016. Father utar , 38, was released on June 3, by Bishop Doerfler, to serve with the Com- panions of Christ the Lamb (CCL) in Paradise, Mich. A native of Videm-Dobre- polje in Slovenia, Father `uatar began to discern his vocation to the priesthood while attending a retreat at the CCLs center in Paradise. He was living in the U.S., having attended school here. Father utar credits much of his priesthood journey to Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga. His hometown in Slove- nia is just across the hill from Bishop Baragas native town. CCL is currently in the process of becoming a religious order. Its in the third step of the process which is a Public Clerical Association. During this stage, all candidates to the priest- hood go through the local diocese. All other assignments are effective July 1. Father Nowicki's , 31, first assignment is parochial vicar (associate pastor) of St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette and St. Mary Mis- sion, Big Bay. Originally from Cheboygan, Mich., he grew up playing priest or deacon, and had been asked to consider a vocation to the priesthood while he was in high school. However, he said he had his mind set on a career in tech- nology and getting married. He attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, and graduated in 2007. He took a job at Northern Michigan University after grad- uation and began to discern a vocation to the priesthood. In the fall of 2009, Father Nowicki began studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and was ordained a transitional deacon last May. Father Antony Lukka , 50, is relieved as pastor of St. Sebastian Parish, Bessemer, St. Catherine Mission, Marenisco and Immaculate Conception Parish, Wakefield. He departs to begin his minis- try with the Diocese of Venice, Fla. His previous assignments include pastor of the parish- es of St. John the Baptist in Garden, St. Andrew in Nahma and St. Mary Magdalene in Cooks and associate pastor of the parishes of Sacred Heart in L'Anse, St. Anne in Baraga, and The Most Holy Name of Jesus-St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Assinins. A diocesan priest from India, Father Lukka was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1995. In addition to his minis- try as an assistant pastor and pastor of parishes in his native country, he also served as a post-graduate teacher in chem- istry, vice principal and princi- pal of St. Antony's Public School and Junior College in India. Taking over as pastor of the parishes in Bessemer and Wakefield and the mission in Marenisco will be Father Dominic Ag- yapong , 38. He is relieved of his appointment as parochial vicar (associate pastor) of St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette and St. Mary Mission, Big Bay. Father Agyapong is a priest of the Dio- cese of Konongo-Mompong in Ghana. Ordained Aug. 2, 2008, four years later Father Agyapong became pastor of a parish made up of seven poor com- munities in Ghana. Among the needs of the people were running water for drinking, bathing and restroom facili- ties and a medical clinic. He decided to build a clinic for the people and has continued the work by raising funds for St. Mary Clinic even after being sent to the U.P. last fall. Several priests who had been serving as the parochial ad- ministrator of their respective parishes and missions have now been appointed pastor of those faith communities, effective New clergy assignments set for around the diocese OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS Father Jernej utar Father Antony Lukka Father Dominic Agyapong Father Michael Ocran Father Mariusz Sierhart Father Francis Ricca Growing to serve you in 5 locations! MANISTIQUE, MI 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Food for Le$$ 200 Deer Street MARINETTE, WI 1507 Cleveland Ave. 2301 Roosevelt Rd. MENOMINEE, MI M & M Plaza GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. CHURCH MUSICIAN WANTED All Saints Church in Gladstone, Michigan, is seeking a full-time Coordinator of Liturgy and Music. Our growing 850+ family parish needs an energetic, skilled musician (organ and piano) with experience in choral direction and knowledge of Catholic Liturgy. Among the coordinators main responsibilities will be providing organ/piano accompaniment at parish liturgies, directing church choirs, planning liturgies and selecting music, and coordinating cantors. Interested candidates may email questions to cmatthys@allsaintsgladstone.org and may obtain a full job description from our parish office. Find out more about the All Saints Parish family at www.allsaintsgladstone.org. Please submit your application by Friday, June 24th. 906-428-3199 Father Aaron Nowicki Through your generosity $73,795.99 has been collected to date during the recent Priests' Retirement Collection. Thank you for your ongoing support of our diocesan clergy. Effective July 1, 2016: Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette, announces the following clergy appointment: Father Aaron Nowicki, is appointed parochial vicar (associate pastor) of St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette and the St. Mary Mission, Big Bay. Effective June 3, 2016: Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette, announces the following: Father Jernej utar, is released to serve with The Companions of Christ the Lamb, Paradise, Mich. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17

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