Epiphany – October 13, 2020

  • Description: Vanessa asks Bishop Battersby about the importance of October 13th and Colleen Vermeulen from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan explains imaginative prayer.

+  Bishop Gerard W. Battersby

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    • Bishop Gerard W. Battersby
      Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Detroit

      The youngest of nine children along with his twin brother, Gerard W. Battersby was born May 15, 1960, to the late Christopher and the late Helen (Buckley) Battersby. He grew up in northwest Detroit and attended St. Benedict Parish and school in Highland Park. In 1993, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary as an adult vocation, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, being ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Adam J. Maida. After ordination, he served in parish ministry for approximately 10 years. He served as an associate pastor at St. Thecla Parish in Clinton Township, Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and St. Gerard Parish, all in Detroit. In 2002, he was named pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Detroit, and in 2007, was appointed to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where he received a License in the New Evangelization in 2008. While serving as director of graduate seminarians and graduate pastoral formation at the seminary, Fr. Battersby also served concurrently as administrator of St. Leo Parish in Detroit. In 2009, Fr. Battersby was assigned to graduate studies at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. In 2011, Fr. Battersby was appointed Vice-Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In 2015, Fr. Battersby was concurrently appointed pastor of St. Mary of Redford, Detroit. Fr. Battersby was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on November 23, 2016, and was ordained to the episcopacy on January 25, 2017. On Jan. 25, 2017, the Most Rev. Gerard W. Battersby was ordained as auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Allen Vigneron. Born: May 15, 1960 Ordained Priest: May 30, 1998 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Regional Moderator of the South Region: November 23, 2016 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: January 25, 2017

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+  Colleen Vermeulen

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    • Colleen Vermeulen
      Instructor & Director Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

      Director; Instructor Colleen Vermeulen joined CBSM in 2016 as an instructor in Year B and proceeded to become the Interim Director in 2018. Her personal motivation for teaching is to connect people to the Scriptures so that they can listen and respond to God's Word. When people encounter God in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit takes care of the rest! Colleen seeks to help her students dig into the real life history of the New Testament in order to ground their faith and give them credibility when sharing the Bible with others. Before heading back to graduate school in 2010, she served on active duty as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Colleen has served in young adult ministry, music ministry, children's faith formation, adult faith formation, pastoral council roles, and Alpha. She blogs at Practical Catholic Evangelization. Colleen’s favorite Scripture is Mark 9:24, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief . " Now living in Ypsilanti, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, traveling to less-popular historical sites and cities, and exercising (not necessarily in the moment, but she loves the energy afterwards!). Fun Fact: Colleen is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve! Education B.A. Government and History, Cornell University New York, 2004 Master of Divinity, University of Notre Dame Indiana, 2013 Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of Notre Dame/ Mendoza College of Business Indiana, 2015.

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