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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Father Andrew Buvala, OFM
Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan

A Tireless Son of the Church

Ordained to the priesthood 65 years ago, Father Andrew Buvala, OFM, has the energy of a man half his age. At 91 years young, he is the pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish and the diocesan director of the Native American Apostolate, pouring himself daily into a ministry that spreads Christ’s light and love. Father Buvala learned the Odawa language and has incorporated the traditions of his Odawa and Chippewa parishioners into the parish’s liturgy and life. A gifted musician, he has written songs and produced a hymnal to keep the expression of Catholic faith alive in the native language. With typical Franciscan charisma, Father Buvala’s commitment to sharing the Gospel has sustained Native American Catholics in their faith.

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