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38th Annual Desert Classic is a Hole in One

Successful golf outing supports seminarians' pilgrimage to Holy Land

by Editorial Team

On September 21st, 100 golfers gathered at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the 38th Annual Desert Golf Classic. The annual golf outing helps fund Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s Desert Formation Experience.

The Desert Formation Experience is a thirty-day spiritual pilgrimage in the Holy Land in which seminarians walk and pray in the very places Jesus prayed, taught, and worked miracles. The retreat is unique to Sacred Heart and integral to the seminarians’ priestly formation.

"It is by way of your generosity that we seminarians, through the Desert Formation Experience, are invited into a unique encounter with the Lord Jesus in our formation as His priests,” said Desert Classic Seminarian Chairs Dcn. Kevin Wojciechowski, Diocese of Saginaw, and Christian Flagstadt, Diocese of Marquette. “Many of our brother seminarians and future priests continue to be transformed and experience deeper conversion of heart through the memories of this unique encounter with Jesus.”

The 18-hole scramble tournament began with a shotgun start at 11:00, and concluded with foursome of Dr. Thomas Butts, Erich Mau, Mike Kerby, and Michael Shearon prevailing as 1st Place Winners. Closest to the Pin and the coveted Dearden Cup were won by Gary Vigneron, and John Vigneron emerged victorious in the Straightest Drive Contest.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is incredibly thankful for the golfers’ participation, as well as for the generosity of our sponsors:

Holy Land Sponsor
Ka-wood Gear and Machine

Title Sponsor
Knights of Columbus

Event Sponsor
Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services

Breakfast Sponsors
Knights of Columbus, Michigan State Council
Ronald A. Marino, Glencorp

Lunch Sponsors
Uran Hubert
Brin and Debbi Maher

Individual Hole Sponsors
A.J. Desmond and Sons
Detroit Spectrum Painters
Guest House
Dan and Rosemary Kelly
Knights of Columbus, Michigan State Council
QMI Group Inc., Madison Heights
St. Lucy Parish, St. Clair Shores
St. Aloysius Parish, Detroit
St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rochester
Paul and Julie Tomasko

Eagle Sponsors
Mike and Sue Burke and Family
Edward Petersmark
St. Matthias Catholic Church, Sterling Heights

Hole-In-One Sponsor
St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rochester

The Desert Formation Experience has changed the lives of many Sacred Heart seminarians and is largely possible because of the success of the Desert Classic. Join next year for the 39th annual outing on September 20, 2021. To learn about becoming a sponsor or registering a foursome, visit

by Editorial Team

Editorial Team

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.