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2 June 17, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD www.upcatholic.org REVEREND ANTONY LUKKA - From the Parish Staff and Parishioners of St. Sebastian, Bessemer, St. Catherine, Marenisco & Immaculate Conception, Wakefield Dear Father Antony; You truly have been a tremendous blessing for our faith communities. You made each one of us feel special and welcome. We pray for your eternal happiness. Thank you! BY CAROL HOLLENBECK THE U.P. CATHOLIC Silver jubilees are being celebrated this year in the Diocese of Marquette by three of its priests. Father Greg Heikkala, St. Michael, Marquette; Father Jamie Ziminski, All Saints, Gladstone; and Father David Sedlock, retired to Gwinn, were all ordained in 1991. While their backgrounds, paths to the priest- hood and ministries all varied, they spoke with one voice of the joy and gratitude that being a priest has brought to their lives. FATHER JAMIE ZIMINSKI Father Ziminski calls his path to becoming a parish priest unconventional. I thought I would be ordained, then be an associate pastor for four or five years, then a pastor, he said. Instead, I was in special ministries for the dio- cese after ordination. I was a hospital chaplain, in campus ministry, diocesan coordinator, and retreat director at Marygrove. Father Ziminskis duties changed every cou- ple of years, but he said that has proved to be a blessing. It prepared me for parish ministry, he said. The experience and skills I developed made me a more effective pastor. He said he is grateful for the wonderful training he received in the seminary, especially in the Scriptures. He said he is also grateful to Bishop James Garland. He trusted a young priest with so much responsibility. I learned to trust my own abilities, he said. Father Ziminski says he is now completely dedicated to All Saints Parish in Gladstone. It's a very large parish for our diocese, he said. There are so many things happening, and I feel we are just breaking the surface. Religious education is enormous. The parish leadership is coming alive. Its hard to predict what the Lord has planned for our future. Father Ziminski said he first thought about becoming a priest when he was in second frade, but then didnt consider it again until he was a junior in high school. He attended Catho- lic elementary and high schools in Menominee, and said he is grateful to the good priests and freat sisters who were his teachers. When he was a senior in high school, Fa- ther Ziminski attended a weekend at Munde- lein Seminary in Chicago. He was hosted by then-freshman seminarian Greg Heikkala. He was such a kind and gentle man, Father Ziminski said. I thought, If I could be more like Greg Heikkala, that would be a good thing. He was one of the reasons I went to the semi- nary. He was that impressive. Father Ziminski and Father Heikkala were ordained on the same day, June 7, 1991. FATHER GREG HEIKKALA Father Heikkala served two years as an asso- ciate pastor at All Saints in Gladstone after or- dination. He said most of his ministry has been as a parish priest, but he also served for several years as vocations director for the diocese. His interest in the priesthood began when he was in high school. Im one of the few priests who went to public school, Father Heikkala said. But my family was always involved in the life of the Church. He went to college at St. John Vianney Sem- inary in St. Paul, Minn. I had a lot of good ex- amples in my life, sisters, priests and deacons. It seemed to me that that type of life would Three diocesan priests celebrate silver jubilees in 2016 COURTESY PHOTO Father Jamie Ziminski stands at the ambo. Father Ziminski serves as the pastor of All Saints Parish in Gladstone. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Greg Heikkala gives the homily during the eighth grade graduation Mass for Father Marquette Catholic School in Marquette. Father Heikkala currently serves as the pastor of St. Michael Parish in Marquette.

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