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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC December 9, 2016 19 Dear Bishop Garland, Congratulations and deepest blessings to you as you celebrate your 85th birthday! You're an inspiration to us all in your generous ministry... God bless you day by day! - Msgr. Michael, Fr. Aaron, Fr. Jose, Fr. Binu Joseph , Deacons Tom, Louis, Jack, Don, Dean, Staff and Parishioners of St. Peter Cathedral and St. Mary Mission JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC He served in the Diocese of Marquette for 33 years, and in the Archdiocese of Detroit for six years, but the morning of Nov. 15 Father Chris Gardiner became the newest citizen of the United States. The Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) native was originally scheduled to take the oath of allegiance in Detroit. Howev- er, U.S. Magistrate Judge Western District of Michigan Timothy P. Greeley agreed to con- duct the proceedings in Marquette. More than 20 well-wishers surprised Father Gardiner by attending. After the oath was administered, Judge Gree- ley encouraged the brand new citizen to use his ministry to bring unity to the nation. "Today we all leave this court feeling good about our- selves," Judge Greeley said. "What we do here today represents the best of this nation, be- cause immigrants are what we are built on." In March of this year, Martha Jennings, an immigration lawyer who works with interna- tional priests serving in the diocese, was help- ing Father Gardiner with the process of renew- ing his "green card" for permanent residence in the U.S. She encouraged him to begin the naturalization process and now Father Gardin- er says, "It's great to be a U.S. citizen after all these years!" Father Gardiner has been pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Munising since 2004 and St. Therese Mission in AuTrain since 2005. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1968 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Father Christopher Gardiner has served in the following par- ishes and missions in The Diocese of Marquette: St. Mary & St. Joseph, Iron Mountain; St. Rose, Channing; St. Joseph, Northland; Holy Family, Flat Rock; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bark River; Sacred Heart, Munising; St. Rita, Tre- nary; St. Therese, AuTrain. Father Gardiner's ministry in the U.P. has also extended to the Carmelite Sisters chaplain, Holy Cross Monastery, Iron Mountain; Veterans Administration Medical Center chaplain, Iron Mountain; dean of the Escanaba Deanery; member of the College of Consultors; Knights of Columbus Council #2804 chaplain, Munising. Father Gardiner's ministries in the diocese JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Father Christopher Gardiner is surrounded by well-wishers in the federal courtroom in Marquette while holding his certificate of naturalization after becoming a U.S. citizen Nov. 15. Father Chris Gardiner, America's newest citizen, 33 years in the making SEE CITIZEN, PAGE 20 Looking for Christmas Mass times? Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/christmas- masstimes

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