Msgr. Todd Lajines echoed the Archbishop’s sentiments, recognizing the abundance of good signs that Detroit and Sacred Heart Major Seminary have been experiencing on this journey, including a growing student body and graduates who are “on fire because they have encountered Christ in new ways.”
Recently ordained were also recognized, including Fr. Mark Livingston, Fr. Christopher Muer, Fr. John Maksym, Fr. Fadie Georgies, Fr. John Jaddou, Fr. Alex Colautti, Fr. John Machiorlatti, Fr. Dustin Larson, Fr. Adam Maher, Dcn. Stephen Blaxton, Fr. Joshua Erickson, Fr. Thê' Hoàng, and Fr. Brian Mulligan.
“There’s a lot of talk about the priest shortage, there’s a lot of talk about that priests are aging, priests are old, priests are boring… but not if you come to this event. If you see the vibrance, the youth, the intelligence, the joy, the laughter, the comedy, and the young men that are coming up in the seminary… it is inspiring for us as Catholics, and particularly as parents,” said Jonathan Woodsum, a supporter of Sacred Heart and parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan.
The high-energy closing act of the Gala certainly reflected Jonathan’s words, as the seminarian band played an adaption of British hymn writer, theologian, and priest Frederick William Faber’s work, complete with a Celtic beat.
A thank you goes to all the guests, volunteers, staff, and generous sponsors who helped make this evening possible, specifically our exclusive sponsors: The Knights of Columbus Michigan State Council, Weingartz, Trinity Charitable Fund, Christian Financial Credit Union, St. Catherine of Sienna Academy through the generosity of a mutual friend, Ave Maria Mutual Funds, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Alpha & Omega Laser, Genthe Automotive, Mersino, Allied Printing Company, and Nu-tech Graphics & Systems.
Mark your calendar now to attend the Twenty-second Annual Archbishop’s Gala on Friday, June 14, 2019. To be an event sponsor for next year, contact Emily Berschback at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-596-7424.