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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC December 9, 2016 11 Including Massage Therapy with his hometown school district of Wilmington, Ohio. "The job didn't seem very attractive," the bishop remembers, noting that it in- volved a lot of travel to multiple rural schools. "I went to see our pastor and asked him what he thought of my going to semi- naryand he picked up the phone, and he called the rector of the seminary." The very next day his pastor took him to Cincinnati for a visit with the rector. What had paved the way for Bishop Garland's change in career/ministry paths was a retreat to Gethsemani Abbey, a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky, earlier that spring. While there, he saw the famous monk and author, Thomas Merton, and came away with an appreciation for reli- gious vocations. Bishop Garland was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1959, served as a parish priest and went on to direct the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Charities. Eight years after his ordination as an auxiliary bishop in Cincinnati, he was installed as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Marquette in 1992. One of his main tasks as bishop was to study the configuration of parishes in the U.P. due to the decreasing number of priests. "We did close 30 parishes and that was a very hard thing to do. In some cases, it was painful for the people, but I didn't think we had any choice." Another of his endeavors was to recruit international priests to serve in the diocese. "I went to India at the urging of Father (Jo- seph) Nagaroor. We did get very good men." Although parishioners had a hard time understanding some of the international priests due to their accents, the bishop con- siders this a successful effort. "We got some very spiritual and dedicated priests. (and) they're still here." Bishop Garland also established the Endowment Foundation for the Diocese of Marquette, commonly referred to as Lega- cy of Faith. The fund has greatly benefited Catholic schools, faith formation programs, Catholic Social Services and special min- istries in the diocese, and as a perpetual endowment, will continue to do so. Although he hails from Ohio, Bishop Gar- land remained in Marquette after his retire- ment in 2005. "These are my people. You have a bonding canonically and psycholog- ically with the people," he explains. "Even though retired, the relationship still exists This is where you belong." FROM PAGE 10 FILE PHOTO Bishop Garland sings with the Marquette Choral Society, during one of its perfor- mances in 2011. Attend daily Mass if you are able Participate in church functions Have friends in the parish Take part in activities offered by your local senior center Words of advice: Bishop Garland's recommendations to people in their later years... Got News? Send it to: news@dioceseofmarquette.org PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS, DO YOU NEED HELP RAISING THE CHILDREN GOD LENDS YOU? Jesus made the following promises to those who have a devotion to His most Sacred Heart: #2 I will give peace in their families. #9 I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored. For more information on a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit dioceseofmarquette.org/sacredheart

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