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Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., ordained Brandon Bigam and Mark Ouma to the Order of Presbyter May 20 in the Cathedral of Christ the King. Bishop Stowe presided with the priests and deacons of the diocese assembled. Deacons Bill Rood, Gary Rudemiller, Scott Hunt, and Al Wieman assisted. Father Brandon Bigam was born in Delaware. His family moved to Wilmore in 1993. He is the oldest of seven children. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Asbury

Fathers Bigam and Ouma ordained to the Order of Presbyter May 20

Bishop John Stowe with his new priests. Fr. Brandon Bigam, left, attended St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, IN; Fr. Mark Ouma, right, attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, WI. CR photo: Cindy Olson

College and studied counseling at the master's level at Asbury Theological Seminary. A mem- ber of St. Luke Parish, Nicho- lasville, Fr. Bigam entered full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, April 3, 2010. He immediately be- gan formal discernment for the priesthood. Fr. Bigam complet- ed his theological studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, IN. He will serve as parochial vicar at St. Martha, Prestons- burg, and St. Luke, Salyersville. Originally from Kenya, Fa- ther Mark Ouma arrived in the United States in the Fall of 1995. He also has six siblings. He at- tended a community college in New York, before he moved to Lexington. Fr. Ouma earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He was a parishio- ner of Mary Queen of the Holy

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Over 65 lay and ordained leaders from throughout the diocese gathered at Holy Cross Parish, Jack- son, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for a day- long workshop entitled "Becoming a Mission-Centered Parish." Guided by workshop presenter, Society of the Di- vine Word Father Roger Schroeder, par- ticipants representing the chancery and 18 parishes reflected upon the theologi- cal theme of mission and its place at the heart of the Catholic faith.

First Evangelii Gaudium workshop focuses on mission

The workshop was the first in the new Evangelii Gaudium Work- shop Series to be hosted at Holy Cross each year. Fr. Schroeder holds the Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Chair of Mission and Culture and is professor of Inter- cultural Studies and Ministry at Cath- olic Theological Union in Chicago. He has worked as a missionary in Papua New Guinea and holds a doctorate in missiology (the study of mission, meth- ods and purposes) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 2013 he was featured as the presenter for the priests' assembly in the diocese. The workshop drew a diverse group of people from both some of the small- est and largest parishes across all six deaneries. Through lectures, small group work, and large group sharing, participants moved from the history of mission in the Catholic Church to a dis- cussion of the different components of mission in parish ministry. From there, Fr. Schroeder asked each group to con- sider the concrete implications of mis- sion for their particular parish/ministry. Throughout the day, participants were challenged to put on mission goggles, to allow mission to be the lens through which they see all aspects of life and ministry, and to learn from fellowship

Divine Word Father Roger Schroeder

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