Bishop John F. Doerfler (DER-fler) of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette will ordain three men to the Order of Priesthood and two to the Order of Deacon during a special liturgy on Friday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. EDT at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Everyone is invited to the Mass of Ordination and to the reception in the Cathedral Hall afterward.
Seminarians Aaron Nowicki, whose parish community is St. Peter Cathedral, and Jernej Šuštar (YER-nay SOO-star) of the religious community, the Companions of the Christ the Lamb in Paradise, will be ordained to the diaconate (dee-AK-eh-nit). Both men will continue preparing for the priesthood in the year ahead.
Deacons Brandon Oman of Ralph, Brad Sjoquist (SHOW-kwist) of Kingsford and Tim Ferguson, originally of Saginaw, will be the first priests to be ordained by Bishop Doerfler.
Deacon Brandon Oman, 33, grew up two miles east of Ralph on his family's dairy farm.
After high school, he went to work in the logging industry for eight years, operating forestry equipment and driving truck. He enjoyed that occupation but knew that it wasn’t going to be his life’s work. After rediscovering the beauty of a personal relationship with the Lord, he began to seriously discern the vocation to which God was calling him, whether it be priesthood or marriage.
With priesthood always coming to the fore, Deacon Brandon wrestled with this decision, prayed about it and sought the advice of others, eventually deciding to enter Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. During his eight years at the seminary, he said God made it clear to him that he was meant to be a priest. He was ordained a deacon on June 6, 2014 at St. Peter Cathedral.
Deacon Brandon’s parents are Wesley (Buddy) and Kim Oman of Ralph. He has three siblings: Amanda Bousley and David Oman of Felch and Auna Oman of Manistique.
After his ordination to the priesthood, Father Oman will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. CDT at his home parish of St. Joseph Mission in Foster City. He will also celebrate other Masses of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 7 at 10 a.m. CDT at St. Mary & St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain and on Saturday, June 13 at 4 p.m. EDT and Sunday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. EDT at St. Anthony Parish in Gwinn. In addition, he will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. EDT at St. Joseph Mission in Northland.
Deacon Brad Sjoquist, 28, grew up in Kingsford, graduating from Kingsford High School in 2005. He then graduated from Central Michigan
University in Mount Pleasant in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Spanish and Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. From there, Deacon Brad became a seminarian for the diocese, and in the fall of 2009, he started at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
During his time in seminary, he had summer assignments in the Diocese of Marquette at Marygrove Retreat Center and parishes in Garden, Nahma, Cooks, Ontonagon, White Pine, Rockland, and Gladstone. He was ordained a deacon on June 6, 2014 at St. Peter Cathedral.
Deacon Brad’s parents are Jeff and Nanette Sjoquist of Kingsford, and his younger brother, Daniel, is currently attending medical school in Milwaukee.
Following his ordination to the priesthood, Father Sjoquist will celebrate his first Masses of Thanksgiving at his home parish of St. Mary Queen of Peace in Kingsford on Saturday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m. CDT and on Sunday, May 31 at 8 and 10 a.m. CDT. He will also celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving at All Saints Parish in Gladstone on Saturday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m. EDT and Sunday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. EDT.
Deacon Tim Ferguson, 47, was raised in Saginaw and graduated from Nouvel Catholic Central in 1985. He entered St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. right after high school and spent seven years in formation there and at Mundelein Seminary in Ill., leaving in 1992.
After seminary, Deacon Tim worked mostly in restaurants before moving to San Francisco, Cal., where he worked as a secretary at St. Dominic Parish. In 2003, he returned to Michigan, obtained a licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, and worked in the Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Detroit, which also serves as appeal tribunal for the Diocese of Marquette. While there, he also earned a licentiate in the Theology of the New Evangelization from Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
In 2013, Deacon Tim returned to priestly formation for the Diocese of Marquette, studying at Mount Angel Seminary in north central Oregon. He was ordained a deacon on Dec. 12, 2014 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.
Deacon Tim's father, Bill, died in 2005, but his mother, Mary, still lives in the family home in Saginaw. His five siblings all live in Michigan. They are David (Nancy) Ferguson of Williamston, James (Donna) Ferguson of Thomas Township, Mary (Mark) Corcoran of Zilwaukee, and Martha (Michael) Ducham and Kevin (Pat) Ferguson, both of Saginaw Township.
Following his ordination as a priest, Father Ferguson will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Anthony Parish in Gwinn on Sunday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. In addition, he will be covering the weekend Masses at Guardian Angels Parish in Crystal Falls on Saturday, June 6 at 4 p.m. CDT and on Sunday, June 7 at 9 a.m. CDT. He will also celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving at St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco on June 14 and St. Josaphat Church, Mother of Divine Mercy Parish in Detroit on June 21. In addition, he will offer Mass on the tenth anniversary of his father's death at Holy Family Church in Saginaw on June 29.