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18 December 9, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC NEWS www.upcatholic.org Bishop Garland, Your life is a blessing to all of us in the Diocese of Marquette. May your birthday be filled with the love and abundant blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ. + Bishop John Doerfler and the Priests, Deacons, Women Religious of the Diocese of Marquette, as well as the Diocesan Staff. Wishing you a very happy birthday and with gratitude for your presence among us, the faithful in the Diocese of Marquette. BISHOP JAMES GARLAND A very happy and blessed birthday to Bishop James Garland! With love and prayers from the clergy and Parishioners of ST. MARY NORWAY VICARIATE: St. Mary in Norway and St. Barbara in Vulcan; American Martyrs in Kingsford; Immaculate Conception in Iron Mountain; St. Mary Queen of Peace in Kingsford; St. Mary and St. Joseph in Iron Mountain; St. Rose in Channing; Guardian Angels in Crystal Falls; St. Agnes in Iron River and St. Cecilia in Caspian Thank you for the inspiration you are to us. We ask God to bless you with good heath and happiness. Two auxiliary bishops named for Archdiocese of Detroit Pope Francis has named two priests of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Father Gerard W. Battersby and Father Rob- ert J. Fisher, to be auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Bish- ops-designate Battersby and Fisher will be ordained as the archdioceses 29th and 30th auxiliary bishops, re- spectively, on January 25, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacra- ment in Detroit. Auxiliary bishops aid the archbishop in the pastoral care of the archdiocese. All of us in the Archdiocese of Detroit are deeply grateful that Pope Francis has named Father Battersby and Father Fisher, two well-loved and respected priests in our archdiocese, to be auxiliary bishops in our local church, said Archbishop Allen Vign- eron, the Archbishop of Detroit. Just days ago we celebrated Synod 16 to move the whole Catholic community in Southeast Michigan forward in our efforts to Unleash the Gospel. Both of these new bishops bring a rich set of gifts and talents to the roles they will play in leading our community in our mission to share the Good News of Jesus. Bishop-designate Gerard William Battersby, 56, is a Detroit native. He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1993, and was ordained a priest for the Archdio- cese of Detroit in 1998. Since 2011, he has been serving as vice-rector and dean of seminarian formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He also has been pastor of St. Mary of Redford Parish in Detroit since October 2015. I would like to thank God and Pope Francis for this inestimable blessing, Bishop-designate Battersby said. It is with joy and confidence in Jesus Christ that I accepted the Holy Fathers invitation to be a co-work- er of his in the apostolic ministry. I would also like to thank Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who has been truly a good shepherd and a sterling exem- plar to me. Bishop-designate Robert Joseph Fisher, 57, is also original- ly from Detroit. He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1986. The future bishop was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1992. Since March of 2014, he has been rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak. I am humbled by the Holy Fathers call to serve as an auxiliary bishop, said Bishop-designate Fisher. I am grateful for Archbishop Vignerons guidance, direction and fraternal support. With the prayers of the community, I will direct all my energy toward sharing Christ in and through the Church. In the Detroit Archdiocese, Bish- ops-designate Battersby and Fisher join Auxiliary Bishops Donald Han- chon and Arturo Cepeda, and retired Auxiliary Bishops Francis Reiss and Thomas Gumbleton. Archbishop Allen Vigneron serves as chief shepherd for the 1.3 million Catholics who reside in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. Father William Battersby Father Robert Fisher

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