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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD June 17, 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. The diocese is prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office. Office of Publication: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, Michigan. Periodical postage paid at Marquette, Michigan, 49855 and at additional entry office. Published semimonthly except during January, June, July, August, September, and November. The U.P. Catholic is provided to all registered U.P. parishioners. The cost for subscribers who are not registered members of a parish in the Marquette Diocese is $25/year. Advertising is $14.86/col inch unless specified otherwise. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The U.P. Catholic, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. 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 MICHAEL KOWALEWSKI Pastoral Year 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 MICHAEL... - hails from Rhode Island? - served in Marine Corps Reserves? - is serving a parish internship at Sacred Heart Parish in L'Anse? - is now a Diocesan Seminarian? be worthwhile. I took it one year at a time, and the calling kind of took root, Father Heikkala said. The 25 years have passed very fast, Father Heikkala said. My life has been very full. Ive had the privilege and opportunity to be part of peoples lives. I enjoy coming to know many indi- viduals and families, and being with people during significant moments in lifeboth in joy and sorrow, he said. FATHER DAVID SEDLOCK While both Father Ziminski and Fa- ther Heikkala entered seminary after high school, Father Sedlock answered the call to the priesthood later in life. St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette played a part in his life from his ear- liest days. He was born in Marquette, and baptized and received First Com- munion at the cathedral. His family attended Mass there until they moved to Gwinn when he was eight. Much lat- er, his first assignment after ordination would be to St. Peter Cathedral. The Catholic faith was an underlying part of his early life. My Mom was in the choir at St. Peters, Father Sedlock said. I would go to choir practice with her. Often, priests would stop at our house to visit, so I got to know them as people more than most do. After we moved to Gwinn, I would play at saying Mass. The neighborhood kids would all come because I used Stark candies as the Communion wafers! Father Sedlocks mother worked as the parish secretary at St. Anthony in Gwinn. Father Charles Reinhart was a super influence, Father Sedlock said. He let me help fix things around the church. Im sure, like most kids, I was more in the way than a help. Later in his life, St. Anthonys pastor, Father George Pernaski, gave him a surprise assignment. He told me I was the head of the parish vocations com- mittee, Father Sedlock said. I was teaching CCD at the time, and I start- ed some gatherings for kids. I invited some religious to come to talk to them about vocations. Then, my niece was getting confirmed, and I was her spon- sor. Bishop (Mark) Schmitt addressed the students and told them, All you have to do is love God and like people, and well teach you the rest. At the time, I was teaching art classes, painting and selling paint- ings. I thought about what the bishop had said and what I had been hearing about vocations. I decided, at age 30, to take a chance and try it out, Father Sedlock said. It was kind of scary at the time. Father Sedlock attended St. John Vianney, St. Paul, Minn., and Sacred Heart Seminary in Milwaukee. He served as a deacon on Mackinac Island in 1990. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 6, 1991. His first assignment as an associate pastor was to St. Mary and St. Joseph in Iron Mountain. But as a Christ- mas gift, the bishop sent me to Grand Marais for a few weeks because there was a temporary vacancy there. Father Sedlock served in Iron Moun- tain for six months, then was assigned to St. Peter Cathedral for another six months. He was then assigned as pastor in Garden, Cooks and Nahma, where he served for a few years. While he was pastor there, he began having seizures, was diagnosed with epilepsy and couldnt drive. That made being pastor of three parishes very dif- icult, so he asked to be transferred. He went back to St. Mary and St. Joseph in Iron Mountain for a short time, then to St. Thomas in Escanaba for a year. His doctors then discovered that he did not have epilepsy. He was assigned as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Rapid River for seven years. However, his health continued to worsen, and he had some minor strokes. Father Sedlock went to doctors in Canada to try to determine the cause of his illnesses. When he returned to the diocese, he was assigned as an associ- ate pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bark River. My health continued to worsen, and I had a minor heart attack, he said. My memory was also getting bad. I was missing appointments and losing track of things. That wasnt like me. Then I was diagnosed with beginning Alzheimers. I retired about four or ive years ago. I was able to help out a little, but now I cant do that because I lose my place during Mass. I would be horrified if that happened while I was saying Mass. Being retired has allowed Father Sedlock to help his mother, and the two now live together. Being a priest has been a real blessing, Father Sedlock said. There are always things you wish had been different. I wish I was healthier, and could be involved with the people and parish more. But the Lord continues to bless me. I wonder what hes got in store for my life. But I trust in him. All three priests cited saying Mass as their favorite part of being priests. The connectedness and joy is unex- plainable, Father Sedlock said. Its what centers you, makes everything else you do possible. Its one of the main things that separates priests from the laity. The special ceremonies for baptism, confirmation, I looked forward to them. Thats what we need, bringing the sacraments to the people. They also agreed that some things have changed over 25 years. They cited an increase in administrative duties as a difficulty. Any life has difficulties, Father Ziminski said. I was raised in the gro- cery business. You have a job, and you do your job. The Ziminskis always got the most unpleasant jobs at the store. You just do it. We have to remember, we come to serve, not to be served. Father Sedlock noted that many parishes in the past had two or more priests. Now, its more common for one priest to serve multiple small churches. Making connections be- tween them and keeping them all run- ning right takes a lot of time, he said. Father Heikkala agreed, saying todays church is much like the early days of Bishop Frederic Baraga, the Snowshoe Priest. He is often our model in the diocese. The treks he made while remaining faithful to his call provide a wonderful example to all of us, he said. All three clergy agreed that the priesthood provides a full, rich and worthwhile life. Studies of priests show two things, Father Heikkala said. One, that priests are happy in their ministry, and two, that they are busytheir lives are very full and they enjoy that. Father Ziminski cited another survey, It showed that 87 percent of priests would tell young people to en- ter the priesthood, and 90 percent said they would do it again. For anyone considering entering the religious life, all three priests encour- age them to pray and ask questions. If its meant to be, it will happen, Father Sedlock said. Its amazing. A lot of stuff I thought would be a major stumbling block turned out to be noth- ing at all, he said. If its meant to be, the Lord will take care of it. Finances, too. Every time I needed something, it was there. He took care of it. Being a priest is more than I expect- ed, Father Ziminski said. Its more fulfilling, more joyful, more painful, more work. Its more of everything. FROM PAGE 2 COURTESY PHOTO Father David Sedlock currently serves the Diocese of Marquette as a senior priest, residing in Gwinn.

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