Farewell to Deacon Jim and Jenny Thibodeau
As you may (or may not) have heard, my assignment at St Fabian is complete. As of May 1st, I will be assigned to Old St. Patrick Parish in Ann Arbor. Old St Pat's is in the Diocese of Lansing in which I reside.
I'm so happy to have been able to serve you here at St. Fabian. Though it's only been for a short while, it has been a most invigorating time. Please know that all of you whom I have gotten to speak with, laugh with or shared your sorrows have, in one way or another, led me to Christ. That is the hallmark of a joyful, missionary disciple.
To our wonderful Parish Staff thank you for making me feel right at home. To Celia and Tim, may you both have a peaceful, relaxing retirement... jobs well done.
To Deacon Perry and Mary Clark and Mike and Juanita VanDyke - your fellowship means much to Jenny and I. Thanks for your friendship and for being in our midst as one who serves.
Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to Fr Jeff, for the opportunity to minister here and especially for all the laughter and friendship. I will really miss this place and cannot ever thank you enough. We will certainly carry this experience forward into ministry at St Pat's. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may your next "bit of ministry" be blessed.
Thank you one and all. Please keep us in prayer as we will for you.
Pax et bonum...
Deacon Jim and Jenny Thibodeau
Our New Associate Pastor
We are excited to announce that St. Fabian has a new Associate Pastor, Deacon Andrew Dawson. He will be ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 2017 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, whereupon he will become Fr. Andrew Dawson. Deacon Dawson is very excited to be coming to St. Fabian. Please pray for him as he prepares for priestly ordination and for taking up his duties at our parish.
Deacon Andrew grew up in England, where he was born, and was raised in the Baptist and Anglican churches. He earned his degree in Physical Recreation Management in Plymouth, England in 1997 and came to Michigan as a student to work at Camp Sancta Maria. This was his first exposure to a Catholic environment, and the Lord used this to lead Andrew to the Catholic Church and Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Clawson in 2006, which remains his home parish. There, Andrew began discerning a vocation to the priesthood, taught 5th and 8th grade catechism, served at weekly benediction and on the Christian Service Commission, and was an RCIA sponsor for 3 years. Deacon Andrew remained employed by Camp Sancta Maria until he entered the seminary, spending a total of 17 years there working as a counselor, administrator, and finally as Associate Director.
A warm welcome to Deacon Andrew Dawson!
Our New Pastor
I am very happy to share the news that Archbishop Vigneron has appointed Monsignor Timothy D. Hogan to become the next pastor of St. Fabian Parish, effective July 1, 2017. Msgr. Hogan comes to us with a wide range of skills and experiences. He is presently serving as the archbishop’s Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life and as a weekend assistant at St. Regis Parish in Bloomfield Hills. Monsignor Hogan has served as a chaplain to the U.S. Navy Reserve, a ministry during which he was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and Japan. He also has served as regional moderator for the Northeast Region of the Archdiocese of Detroit and on the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council. His last pastorate prior to becoming Vicar for Clergy was at Holy Family Parish in Novi. He is very involved and active as a chaplain with the Knights of Columbus. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in December 1982. He is excited to continue moving St. Fabian forward in the Amazing Parish model. Msgr. Hogan was looking specifically for a parish with a school, and he looks forward to the challenges and blessings of bringing the Gospel to children. He has been saying Mass each Wednesday morning at 8:30 am at St. Fabian for the past several months, and has gotten familiar with the parish in this way. With his wealth of experiences, the parish will be in good hands as we make transitions in other key staff positions. Please keep Msgr. Hogan in your prayers as he prepares to become our new pastor.
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