A former journalist and minister of youth becomes the new seminarian of the diocese of Saginaw

In 2007, Andy Cipolla graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a journalism degree.

Soon after, Cipolla teamed up with two friends who were launching their own news site called Ypsilanti Citizen.

Years after sharing Ypsilanti’s news on her website, Cipolla recently delivered her own news to family and friends. He is the most recent seminarian in formation of the diocese of Saginaw. he will assist St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

Andy Cipolla (middle) poses for a promotional photo for Ypsilanti Citizen (circa 2007)

“I look forward to community life in St. Meinrad – having the Eucharist near my home, growing in holiness, going to class and learning,” said Cipolla.

God willing, if Cipolla is ordained a priest, he will fulfill a clear desire he has since experienced with the Lord by praying at Ridge Cemetery in Gladwin in 2015.

“I was visiting my grandparents’ graves and praying in front of a Holy Family statue when I realized in an unprecedented way that I wanted to be a priest,” Cipolla said.

For the past five years, Cipolla has served as a youth minister at St. Anastasia Parish in Troy, Michigan. Prior to that, his career was multifaceted and included working as a nature guide in New Mexico. He also worked as a cafe manager, accountant for an industrial company and other part-time jobs.

“Even though I was good at my job, I didn’t find it rewarding,” Cipolla said. I feel a deep desire to bring the sacraments to people. I see myself serving the family as a priest rather than a father. “

photo of andy cipolla teaching high school students at retreat
Andy Cipolla teaches high school students at retreat

photo of andy cipolla as a wilderness guide
Andy Cipolla (left), poses for a photo with his father and brother as he was a guide in the wilderness

Cipolla joins five other seminarians from the diocese of Saginaw. They understand:

Matthew Gembrowski, 3rd Theology, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.

Jacob Hugo, 2nd theology, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill.

Daniel Christe, Pre-Theology, Sacred Heart Seminary, Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

Joshua High, Pre-Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.

Charles Warner, Pre-Theology, Major Seminary of the Sacred Heart, Detroit, Michigan.

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