Bishop Alexander K. Sample of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, center, recently commissioned 12 Upper Peninsula residents as lay ecclesial ministers at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. The group completed the diocesan Ecclesial Ministry Institute (EMI), a two-year program of study, formation, prayer and reflection that is under the direction of the Diocesan Department of Faith Formation and Education. From left to right are: Deacon Vince Beckley of Menominee (who assisted the bishop at the liturgy); Earl Jourden III, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Manistique; Jim LaFave, St. Rita Parish, Trenary; Roger Krebsbach (top), Holy Family Parish, Flat Rock; Chuck Gervasio (below), Our Lady of Peace Parish, Ironwood; Terry Saunders, St. Anne Parish, Escanaba; Patrick Sommers, Guardian Angels Parish, Crystal Falls; Thomas Williams, Resurrection Parish, Menominee; Una Olson, St. Gregory Parish, Newberry; Bishop Alexander K. Sample; Margaret Celeski, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood; Geralyn Williams, Resurrection Parish, Menominee; Martin Celeski, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Ironwood; Renee Deroche, St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette; and Father William Ibach, Jesuit priest and EMI consultant. The purpose of the Ecclesial Ministry Institute is to prepare lay people to assume leadership responsibilities as pastoral ministers under the direction of their pastors and pastoral coordinators and to embrace their baptismal call more fully. The diocese has operated a school for lay ministers for over 25 years.
Margaret and Martin Celeski are members of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood where they serve in a variety of ministries. A few of Margaret's parish activities include working with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, youth group ministry, and card ministry, as well as serving as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a Eucharistic care minister, and funeral choir member.
Martin serves his parish as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and a member of the regular choir and the funeral choir.
Renee Deroche is a member of St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Marquette. She works as a capital campaign coordinator for the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay. She plans to continue her faith formation experiences through online learning-distance programs.
Chuck Gervasio is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Ironwood where he serves on the parish faith formation board, works with the Whole Church program, and serves in the ministry and marketing of All Saints Catholic Academy in Ironwood. Chuck is a radio broadcaster and owner of WUPM-FM, Ironwood, and WHRY-AM in Hurley, Wis.
Earl Jourden III is a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Manistique where he is active in several ministries. He serves as minister of Holy Communion, a musician with the Remnant of God prayer group, and on the parish evangelization committee.
Roger Krebsbach is a member of Holy Family Parish in Flat Rock where he serves as a catechist, choir member, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, Finance Committee chairman, and member of the Holy Family Men's Club.
Jim LaFave is a member of St. Rita Parish in Trenary where he is active in prison ministry, and serves as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and member of the parish council. Jim is the manager of Midwest Security, Inc.
Una Olson is a member of St. Gregory Parish in Newberry where she serves as a catechist and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion (including bringing communion to the homebound), lectors, serves on the RCIA team and participates in prison ministry.
Terry Saunders is a member of St. Anne Parish in Escanaba where he and his wife, Hildie, are both active members. Saunders works in healing ministry and youth ministry, and as an altar server, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and parish council president.
Patrick Sommers is a member of Guardian Angels Parish in Crystal Falls where he serves as minister of Holy Communion, brings communion to the homebound, serves as an usher, youth chaperone, and Knights of Columbus member and served as a catechist.
Geralyn and Thomas Williams are members of Resurrection Parish in Menominee where they are both active in ministry. Geralyn is a catechist, evangelization committee member and chaperone for youth events.
Thomas serves as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a lector, youth minister, and member of the evangelization committee.