The Pope has recognized six northern Michigan priests with the title of monsignor. The last time an area priest was given the title was back in 1987.
Among the honorees is Reverend Edwin Thome, 84, a priest known for his service with the Father Fred Foundation, and as a past Superintendent of Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. He now serves as pastor of St. Joseph Parish on Old Mission Peninsula.
Also awarded with the title is Reverend Francis Murphy, pastor of several churches including St. Ann Parish in Cadillac, as well as James Suchocki, Raymond Mulka, and James Brucksch. A sixth priest, Daniel Gallagher of Traverse City, is currently working in Rome.
The pope awards the title of monsignor as a recognition of long and outstanding service. A celebration for Monsignor Thome is scheduled for May 20th at St. Francis High School in Traverse City.