Two new deacons for the Diocese of Grand Rapids

WHO:  Diocesan seminarians Dominic T. Couturier and Daniel R. Orris Jr. will be ordained to the Order of Deacons. Following ordination, they will continue their studies and are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in June 2020.

  • WHAT:       Mass with Rite of Ordination to the Order of Deacons
  • WHEN:      Saturday, May 18. 10 a.m.
                           The public is invited to attend
  •  WHERE:  Cathedral of Saint Andrew 301 Sheldon Blvd. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 Note:  Father Ron Hutchinson, director of the Office of Priestly Vocations, Father Stephen Durkee, associate director of the Office of Priestly Vocations, along with candidate Dominic Couturier will be available at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday for interviews.

 The Mass will be livestreamed on our website (grdiocese.org) and Facebook page (Diocese of Grand Rapids). The public is welcome to attend.

In addition, two men, Deacon Andrew M. Ayers and Deacon Robert C. Mulderink of Saint Luke University Parish, will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. at the cathedral.

Dominic T. Couturier, 40,

is the son of Thomas and Roberta Couturier. He has five siblings: Jonathan, Nathan, Jacob, Monique and Mark. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids and grew up in Greenville where he attended St. Charles Borromeo Parish. He attended Davenport University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2004. He worked at Couturier Iron Craft Inc. before entering the seminary in 2014.

Dominic will begin his final year of seminary studies and formation at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois this fall, and will receive his Master of Divinity in spring 2020. He completed his pastoral internship at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Norton Shores and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Muskegon, under the mentorship of Father Charles Hall.

 

Daniel R. Orris Jr., 28,

is the son of Daniel and Bernadine Orris. He has three siblings: Patti (Keith) Patterson, Nancy, and Jill (Mark) Dodds. He is a member of St. Dominic Parish in Wyoming, now merged with the Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Grand Rapids. He attended Kelloggsville High School and Aquinas College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2014.

Daniel will enter his final year of seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois this fall, and will receive his Master of Divinity in spring 2020. He completed his pastoral internship at Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, under the mentorship of Father Anthony Russo.

Pope Francis released ‘Christus Vivit’

On Tuesday, April 2, Pope Francis released “Christus Vivit – Christ is alive!,” his apostolic exhortation on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. This latest teaching from the pope is a significant milestone of the synodal process begun by him in 2016.

In a statement on the day of the release, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with committee chairpersons Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, of Newark and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of Philadelphia, called it “a wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church.” Read their full statement on the USCCB website.

The release of Christus Vivit corresponds with the fourteenth anniversary of the death of St. John Paul II, a wish expressed by Pope Francis to “link together the two pontificates, so loved by and close to the younger generations.” In 1985, St. John Paul II was the first pope to address a letter to young people. That same year he instituted the annual observance of World Youth Day, a gathering of youth and young adults hosted in a different country each year to celebrate the Catholic faith.

Read Christus Vivit on the Vatican website (available in English and multiple other languages)

Share the Journey

Bishop Walkowiak along with the staff of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is encouraging parishes to participate in a global campaign called “Share the Journey. It will be launched by Pope Francis on September 27 and will continue through September 2019.

We can join Pope Francis and the Church around the world, and share the journey with fellow children of God by learning about their journeys. Read stories, watch videos, and pay attention to news that can help sensitize us to their reality.