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10 December 9, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Bishop James Garland Our Lady of Peace Parish Ironwood, MI Wishing you many Birthday Blessings! Love and prayers from Bishop Garland continues to serve God, diocese at age 85 BY LOREENE ZENO KOSKEY THE U.P. CATHOLIC While some people have difficulty ac- cepting their age as they get older, Bishop James Garland is not one of them. The bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Mar- quette will turn 85 next Tuesday. However, he does admit, "It's hard to believe that's what my age is." Bishop Garland points out that he's not as spry as he used to be and his memory is not as sharp as it once was, but overall, he feels that he's in good physical health. He has lost two brothers in the past year and that has caused him to reflect on his mortality. "I've not got much time left, either," he remarks. "Spiritually, it's good to think about," adding that this realization can guide us to make changes in our lives so we're better prepared to meet the Lord. Although the bishop doesn't dwell on the fact that he's aging, he laughingly states, You can't make a lot of long-range plans." His days are spent presiding at Mass, working on the computer and getting some exercise. He says Mass during the week at St. Peter Cathedral and the diocesan office, as well as a Sunday Mass at the cathedral. That keeps him busy, because, "That's a homily every day," he explains. The bishop also notes that he generally has a "couple screens of emails" to read daily, and he tries to keep up with current events in the magazines, America and Com- monweal, as well as on TV. "I watch news discussion programs, like Meet the Press." Bishop Garland walks 40 minutes every weekday with friends in either the NMU Superior Dome or the Berry Events Center, depending on the time of year. Blessed with a good, deep voice, he re- hearsed with the Marquette Choral Society this fall. On occasion, the bishop will preside at weekend Masses in local parishes when priests need some time off. However, this help-out work is generally confined to the Marquette County area, because, as he points out, "I don't like to drive and stay overnight." Bishop Garland isn't routinely called upon to "sub" for Bishop John Doerfler, but he did recently participate in an ecumenical prayer service in Hancock that Bishop John couldn't attend. The bishop-emeritus rep- resented the Catholic Church at the event marking the 500th anniversary of the Prot- estant Reformation. "I joined the Lutheran bishop in giving a blessing at the endSev- eral priests came. It was very nice." In reflecting on how he came to be a priest, Bishop Garland says, "My going to the seminary was kind of odd in a way." The year was 1953. He had just graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in education when he was offered a job in his field of study, speech and hearing therapy, JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Bishop-emeritus James Garland celebrates Mass in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Chapel of the diocesan offices. He will turn 85 on Dec. 13. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 Bink's Coca-Cola Bottling Company 906-786-0335 906-786-4144 3001 Danforth Road Escanaba, MI 49829 BISHOP JAMES GARLAND, All of us at Binks wish you a very Happy Birthday and thank you for your many years of service to the Diocese of Marquette.

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