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BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC When he reflects on his 50 years of priestly ministry, it's clear that Father Ted Brodeur is a people person. I've enjoyed every place that I was assigned, said Father Brodeur. He describes the people and places of his ministry as very wonderful. A Detroit native, born in 1940, Father Ted practiced being a priest as a young boy. His mother some- times had to put her hand over his mouth during Mass because he was mimicking the priests. Among his early influences was Father (later Msgr.) Clement Kern, his pastor at St. Edward Church. Father Brodeur said Father Kern was a wonderful gift to the future priest. People believed he was a saint, but not a gookie saint - real down to earth. He spent summers during his youth on Mackinac Island where he was an altar server at St. Anne Parish. Fa- ther Brodeur remembered, Coming out of Mass one day, Fred Hatch was waiting to talk to me. He said, 'You're a fine boy. Did you every think of becoming a priest?' Hatch said he would pray for the eighth grader. I was meant to be a priest, Father Brodeur said. There was no doubt about it that I was going to be a priest. During college seminary, he ran into trouble. His grades went down and he was called into the administrative offices and told he didn't have the capacity to become a priest. He went to his room with a broken heart, but found an image of Our Lady of Gua- dalupe at his door that should have been left at the door of the neighbor- ing seminarian. I told Our Lady of Guadalupe if she would save my voca- tion I would go to Mexico and thank her, Father Brodeur said. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1966 at St. Peter Cathedral by Bishop Thomas Noa. She's my great friend, Father Brodeur said of Our Lady. He made the trip to Mexico in thanksgiving several times, includ- ing with his friend Father Dan Zaloga, senior priest of the Diocese of Mar- quette. The pair even concelebrated Mass at Guadalupe on Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day. Friends and classmates from De- troit since 1951, the two had kept in touch. Father Zaloga recalled that when he was a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Fa- ther Brodeur said to him, Why don't you come up north? We could use you. On June 3, 1967 Bishop Noa ordained Father Zaloga to the priest- hood at St. Peter Ca- thedral and he became a priest of the U.P. diocese. Even though Father Brodeur had a strong connection with Mack- inac Island, he's em- phatic about one thing that drew him to the Diocese of Marquette- the camaraderie of the priests across the diocese. I was proud to be a member of the diocese, Father Bro- deur said. We were all one. There weren't any cliques. Priests get many requests, and one was from the chaplain at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base to provide a home for 12-year-old boy from Vietnam who didn't speak English. Father Brodeur was liv- ing in Grand Marais as pastor of Holy Rosary Parish at the time and couldn't find a place for him. When he told the chaplain, his response was, No, Father, I want you to provide a home. Father Brodeur became a foster father to Tuan Tran and raised him through college. Now married with children, one of Tran's three children is named Teddy, after Father Brodeur. During his later assign- ments, Father Brodeur had artwork on his rectory refrigerator with notes like We love you, Grandpa. Among his fond memories are lead- ing a contingent of 30 or so people to Rome for the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in 2012. He's a for- mer pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission in Bay Mills and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Brimley. His prized possessions include a chief's bonnet received from the Native American community there and he remains in contact with some of his former parishioners. He's known for his quick wit. Fa- ther Zaloga recalled a meeting when Father Brodeur was vicar forane of the St. Mary Vicariate in the Soo. A priest announced We have to rethink the Trinity. Father Brodeur's instant reply was, You best rethink, or the Holy Trinity will rethink you. It's fitting that his last post had him living on Mackinac Island at St. Anne Parish. His musical talents and love of practical jokes came together when he and Brother Jim Boynton, S.J. saw a ghost tour going by the church. They brought the group of 30 or 40 people into the church basement where Father Brodeur played ghost music on the accordion that would sound like the Green Hornet. The music faded and got to the bottom, then wham-o! He gave the bellows a big squeeze and gave the group quite a fright. Father Zaloga described his friend as not only thoughtful and caring, but also a very prayerful and holy person who loves even his worst opponents. When God dealt Father Brodeur his hand, it was all hearts, Father Zalo- ga said. Assignments: St. Ann, Menomi- nee (1966-1968), assistant; St. Paul, Negaunee (1968-1969), assistant; St. Anne, Escanaba (1969-1970), assis- tant; St. Ambrose, Ironwood (1970- 1971), assistant; Holy Rosary, Grand Marais and St. Therese, Germfask (1971-1976), pastor; St. Stanislaus Kostka, Goetzville and Our Lady of Snows, Hessel (1976), pastor; Holy Name of Mary, Sault Ste. Marie (1981-2007), pastor; St. Joseph, Sault Ste. Marie (1985-1986), temporary administrator; Sacred Heart, Sugar Island (1992-1995 and 1997-2007) pastor; St. Francis Xavier, Brimley and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Bay Mills (2005-2012) pastor; St. Anne, Mackinac Island and St. Ignati- us Loyola, St. Ignace (2012-2015). Father Brodeur was granted senior priest status on Aug. 1, 2015. Cedar Ridge Assisted Living in St. Ignace has been his home for the past year. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC VOCATING September 16, 2016 15 Father Brodeur celebrates golden jubilee as priest FILE PHOTO Father Ted Brodeur outside of St. Mary Proto-Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie in November of 1983. Father Brodeur served as pastor there from 1981 until 2007. JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Ted Brodeur holds an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in which he has a special devotion to, as her intercession aided him in the seminary.

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