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Diocesan Catechism Bee

Congratulations to all the participants of the Diocese of Gaylord 8th Annual Catechism Bee! The event took place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. What a wonderful event it was!

Tuition Credit scholarships were awarded to the top three winners as follows:

1st Place - $1,000.00 Tuition Credit Scholarship
Maxwell King, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, Traverse City, MI

2nd Place - $500.00 Tuition Credit Scholarship
Zachary Taylor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, Traverse City, MI

3rd Place - $250.00 Tuition Credit Scholarship
Finley Gerdes, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Catholic School, Prudenville, MI

Other finalists included: Zoe Bonilla (Bishop Baraga Catholic School, Cheboygan); Emma Chittle (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, Traverse City); Mitchell Eberhart (St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Petoskey); Cecelia Gallagher (St. Mary Catholic School, Lake Leelanau); Caroline Gilling (St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord); Addison Parish (St. Mary Catholic School, Charelvoix); Emily Phillips (Holy Family Catholic School, East Tawas); Saunders Richardson (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, Traverse City); Claire Rodebaugh (St. Ann Catholic School, Cadillac); Makhenna Smolinski (St. Ignatius Catholic School, Rogers City); Ava Star Chief (Manistee Catholic Central, Manistee); Adrienne Walby - St. Joseph Catholic School, West Branch

Up through the 2019 event, the Diocese of Gaylord Office of Catholic Schools has awarded a total of $14,000 in tuition credit scholarships to our contest winners! 

Special thanks to Bishop Raica for presiding at Mass, as well as his tremendous job of serving as our Diocesan Catechism Bee Moderator. We very much appreciate his support and participation in this annual event. 



History of Diocesan Catechism Bee

The annual Diocesan Catechism Bee traces its roots back to an initiative of the women of the St. Angela's Circle at St. Ann Parish in Cadillac, Michigan when they hosted a school-wide Catechism Bee in 2011.

The event was so successful it was the impetus for establishing a diocesan-wide program for the children attending our Catholic Schools. Starting in 2012, most of our schools hosted Catechism Bees during Catholic Schools Week 2012, with the winners of the Advanced Division (6th Grade) competing in our 1st Annual Diocese of Gaylord Catholic Schools Regional Catechism Bee in April of that year which took place at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Bishop Bernard Hebda served as our moderator that first year, and it was a tremendous success!

The Diocese of Gaylord now annually hosts a Diocesan-wide Advanced Division Catechism Bee for 6th grade representatives from each of our Catholic schools each spring. The Bishop of the Diocese traditionally serves as moderator. 

 Please contact the Catholic Schools Office for additional information by calling 989.732.5147.

The women of St. Angela's Circle at St. Ann Church and School in Cadillac, Michigan, strive to spread the Catholic faith in the local community, primarily by meeting the needs of children. Their activities include: facilitating weekly bible studies, assisting in preparation for school events (including the Catechism Bee and fundraisers), and meeting monthly to encourage each other in our faith and fellowship.


View photos of the 2019 Catechism Bee below.  To enlarge the photo, simply click on it and then use the arrows to move forward or backward.