Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,
I am excited to announce that this summer we will once again be hosting seminarians. Josh Bauer, who was with us during the lockdown and summer last year, will be joining us again.
We will also have Seamus Kettner, who has been assigned to our parish for his formal seminary internship. He will arrive in early May and will be with us throughout the summer. The internship assignment is an important part of his formation as a priest since it is the last summer before his ordination to the transitional diaconate. This internship is meant to give him an immersive experience in parish life with as wide a breadth of ministerial and parish experience as possible. He will be assisting at Mass, be present in the school, go to meetings that are typical of parish life, and help out in a variety of ministries. I spent my internship assignment at St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale in 2012 and it was a very blessed time in my formation.
I have gotten to know Seamus since his home parish is St. Charles and Helena in Clio, MI. That is my oldest sister’s home parish and my nieces and nephews all love him dearly. He enjoys hunting, fishing and euchre, so I know he is going to fit in very well!
I am so grateful that we have been able to host seminarians. I was very blessed in the time I was able to spend in parishes during my time in seminary and it is an honor to now be able to host them and help provide them an experience of parish life. Our prayers and our support of seminarians through the DSA means a lot. It is an honor to have this more immediate role in their formation and discernment.
My brother Randy and Dan LaCroix will be both be spending the summer in Omaha, Nebraska at the Institute for Priestly Formation. This coming fall, they will both be at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit as they begin their last four years of Theology. In these next four years their summers will be filled for them, so we will only be seeing them when they stop by on breaks.
At the Diocesan level, we have two being ordained priests and two others to the transitional diaconate who will be ordained priests in 2022.