Faithful Gather to Celebrate more than 40 years of Lay Ministry Commissioning, Missioning and Renewal

Left to right back row, Hugh LeFevre, Matthew Roberge Jr., Charles Fachting, Bishop Robert Gruss, Robert Sasiela, Robert Neering. Left to right front row: Kristine Bloomer, Mallari Fachting, Timothy Wozniak, Jill Susalla, Sandra Neering.


Faithful from across the Diocese of Saginaw gathered for the Eucharistic Liturgy Celebrating over 40 years of Lay Ministry Commissioning, Missioning and Renewal on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

Bishop Robert Gruss celebrated the Mass, during which lay ministry candidates were commissioned and missioned. Current lay ministers also renewed their commitments or obtained permanent status.

The lay ministers commissioned or missioned at this year's liturgy were:

  • Kristine Bloomer
  • Hugh LeFevre
  • Robert Neering
  • Sandra Neering
  • Matthew Roberge Jr.
  • Robert Sasiela
  • Jill Susalla
  • Charles Fachting
  • Mallari Fachting
  • Timothy Wozniak

The diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program helps prepare Catholic adults for ministry by expanding their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic Theology, helping them live their baptismal call in service to others, and strengthens their relationship with God through prayer, retreats and spiritual formation. To learn more, visit