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In an effort to provide those who visit this site with up-to-date information regarding  events or stories of interest happening within the diocese, the Secretariat for Communications researches and prepares articles and news releases. 

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Statement Regarding Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka

07/20/2017

Today’s verdict in the matter of the People of the State of Michigan vs. Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka brings to a conclusion the criminal case in the civil courts. Rev. Obwaka was found not guilty of both charges against him by a jury in the 53rd Circuit Court in Rogers City in accordance with our system of justice. We are grateful to civil authorities ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

06/12/2017

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments: Effective June 1, 2017 Deacon James Krupka – from diaconal ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City to diaconal ministry at St Francis of Assisi Parish in Traverse City. Deacon Tom Bousamra – relieved from diaconal ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

05/01/2017

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments:   EFFECTIVE JUNE 29, 2017 Reverend Monsignor Francis Murphy – from Pastor of St. Ann, Cadillac; St. Stephen, Lake City; St. Theresa, Manton; and St. Edward, Harrietta to Senior Priest.  He will continue to serve on the College ...

Statement Regarding Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka

03/17/2017

On March 14, a preliminary examination took place in the 89th District Court in Presque Isle County regarding the case against Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, who had been serving as Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers City, Michigan. During that proceeding, the alleged victim was identified as also a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord. Local civil authorities ...

2017 Lenten Regulations

02/22/2017

The holy season of Lent provides us a special time of grace and spiritual renewal so that we may become better instruments in sharing the Gospel Message. This year Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 1st. The present laws of the church regarding fast and abstinence during the season of Lent are below. The obligation to observe is ...

Bishop Issues Decree for the Feast of St. Patrick

02/22/2017

Bishop Steven J. Raica has issued a decree granting a dispensation from the discipline of Abstinence on Friday, March 17, 2017 (St. Patrick's Day) to Catholics in the Diocese of Gaylord. Those who choose to utilize the dispensation, are to perform another suitable penance on the day before or the day after. Below is the full text ...

Statement Regarding Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka

02/21/2017

This morning Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, former Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers City, Michigan, was arraigned on charges of criminal sexual conduct.  This matter does not involve a minor, but is an issue between two individual adults and not against the Diocese of Gaylord. Local civil authorities are conducting the investigation and the diocese ...

Celebrate Catholic Schools!

01/29/2017

Another Catholic Schools Week celebration has begun, providing an opportune time to look at some of the reasons why Catholic Schools are an attractive option for families in northern Michigan. As a parent myself, and as Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Gaylord, I believe the overriding reason parents should consider a Catholic education ...

Remarks of Bishop Raica at the 2017 Gaylord March for Life

01/22/2017

My dear friends of the Pro-Life: The Pro-Life Movement amazes me!  There are a number of movements and organizations closely knit together whose mission and purpose is to support life. We are Pro-Life. We are FOR life (not AGAINST life!).  We seek to provide those supports necessary to protect and defend life against direct attacks and ...

2016 Christmas Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica

12/24/2016

“He wanted to come among us!” So many Christmas carols strike a resonant chord in me during the Christmas season.  Traveling around the 21 counties of northern Lower Michigan for various events, I am taken by one carol in particular: “I wonder as I wander.”  The words are simple and straight forward: “I wonder ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

12/20/2016

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments: Effective January 2, 2017 Reverend Santiago Hoyumpa will be relieved from pastoral responsibilities at St. Francis Parish in Lewiston. Fr. San will serve as full-time pastor at St. Mary Parish and Shrine in Mio.           Reverend ...

Diocese mourns passing of Rev. Msgr. Raymond Mulka

11/17/2016

Reverend Monsignor Raymond Clement Mulka entered eternal life on November 17, 2016 at the age of 92. He was born April 11, 1924 in Rogers City, Michigan to Stanley J. and Victoria (Buzala) Mulka. He attended St. Ignatius Elementary School in Rogers City and St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, and received his philosophical education at Sacred Heart ...

Bishop Issues Decree Renaming Manistee Parish

10/30/2016

STEVEN J. RAICA Episcopus Gaylordensis Divina Miseratione et Apostolicæ Sedis Gratia DECREE Renaming of the Parish Catholic Community of Manistee to Divine Mercy The Divine Mercy has long been the characteristic that draws us to God, and for which humans most long. The horrors of the 20th Century gave rise to a renewed understanding ...

Letter to the Faithful Regarding the Election from Bishop Steven J. Raica

10/25/2016

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord: Grace and peace be yours! As we head into the home stretch of this current election season, there is no doubt in my mind that many of you join me in scratching our heads at the discouraging rhetoric and tactics used during this electoral cycle, particularly on the national level. Through conversations, ...

Death of Fr. James Von Tobel

10/10/2016

Fr. James E. Von Tobel, S.J. entered eternal life on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan.  He was 80 years old.  May he rest in peace. Fr. Von Tobel was born on March 31, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. Before entering the Society, Jim graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1954. ...

Official Diocesan Appointment

07/05/2016

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointment: EFFECTIVE JULY 20, 2016 Reverend Kevin Francis from Parochial Vicar for St. Francis of Assisi in Traverse City to Parochial Vicar for the Catholic Community of Manistee.  ...

Five to be ordained

06/09/2016

With great thanksgiving to God, the Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, will ordain five men  on Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord. Archbishop Paul Russell, a native of Alpena, Mi., who was recently named Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan, ...

Join us at Big Ticket Festival

06/05/2016

The Diocese of Gaylord has announced that we are the official sponsor for Catholic Artist Matt Maher on Friday, June 24 at the 2016 Big Ticket Music Festival at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord. The festival, in its 11th year, has grown to be one of the largest faith-based events in the country, drawing crowds of over 10,000 per day. Families ...

Fr. Miro Wiese has entered Eternal Life

06/02/2016

Fr. Miro Wiese, OFM, a friar and priest of the Sacred Heart Province, died on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at St. Mary’s Home at the Felician Village in Manitowoc, WI, at the age of 86. Donald Richard Wiese was born to Joseph and Augusta (nee Rusch) Wiese on July 29, 1929, in St. Paul, MN. He made his Solemn Profession as a Franciscan on July 5, 1954 ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

05/01/2016

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments: EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2016 Reverend Matthew Wigton is appointed Chancellor for the Diocese of Gaylord, in addition to his service as diocesan Vocations Director. His pastoral assignment to St. Mary in Charlevoix will continue until June 29, 2016.         EFFECTIVE ...

Letter to Parishioners from Bishop Raica Regarding the Catholic Services Appeal

04/26/2016

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we continue our focus on mercy in this jubilee year, I invite you to join with me, as a member of our “Family of Mercy,” in the 2016 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). Your pledge of support to this annual need is one way to answer the call to be “Merciful like the Father.” Through prayers ...

Bishop Appoints New Vicar General

04/14/2016

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments:   EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2016 Reverend Dennis Stilwell is appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Gaylord.This appointment is in addition to his current assignment as Pastor of St. Francis of Xavier Parish in Petoskey and as Vicar ...

Bishop Raica shares initial reaction to new Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia"

04/08/2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Today, our Holy Father Pope Francis published his most recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the fruit of the Synod on the Family that occurred in two sessions, October 2014 and October 2015.  Both of these sessions explored the joys and challenges of family life in our modern world within the parameters ...

Divine Mercy Sunday

03/28/2016

Several parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord are celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with Holy Hours and special events on Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Everyone is invited. One of the fastest growing movements within the Catholic Church, Divine Mercy has been celebrated for years in Poland, the home of Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska, known most commonly ...

An Easter Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica

03/26/2016

My brothers and sisters in the Lord, The drama of the resurrection of Christ our Lord is reflected in the astonishing accounts contained in all four Gospels. We are recipients of all that was proclaimed. What happened at that time, continues to happen even today. For that reason we as people of faith proclaim today: Christ is Risen, He is truly Risen! I ...

Diocese mourns loss of Seminarian John Bauer

03/24/2016

With great sadness, we share that our seminarian, John Bauer, passed away unexpectedly March 23, 2016. He was born August 8, 1956 in Detroit to John and Geraldine (Moran) Bauer.  John, 59, had been staying at the rectory of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord since Monday for the Holy Week break from seminary. Since he came to us from the ...

Statement of Bishop Steven J. Raica on Appointment of Archbishop Hebda as Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis

03/24/2016

This morning it was announced that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis. His installation Mass is set for May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Archbishop Hebda served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord from 2009 to 2013, before being appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese ...

Pope names another Bishop with roots in Alpena

03/22/2016

STATEMENT OF BISHOP STEVEN J. RAICA I am honored to learn of the appointment of Monsignor Paul Russell as Apostolic Nuncio of Turkey. At the same time, he was named an Archbishop. Archbishop-designate Russell was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Alpena, Michigan.  He served as the charge d’affaires at the Vatican Embassy in Taiwan ...

Bishop Issues Decree Renaming Alpena Parish

02/08/2016

STEVEN J RAICA Episcopus Gaylordensis Divina Miseratione et Apostolicæ Sedis Gratia DECREE Renaming of the Parish Catholic Community of Alpena to All Saints The communion of the saints is a belief expressed in the Nicene Creed, but it goes back to the origins of our faith. The earliest writing of the New Testament, St Paul’s ...

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

01/29/2016

National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, January 31-February 6. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education. "Catholic schools are a vital ...

Reflecting on Catholic Schools

01/28/2016

I remember when I was in 2nd grade my mom and dad wanted to talk to me after Mass about something. I thought I was in trouble. But, they just wanted to talk to me about switching to Holy Family School for 3rd grade. Obviously, I was only in 2nd grade so I don’t really remember that much. Mom tells me that it was a parent speaking after Mass ...

Fr. Gabe Fox has entered Eternal Life

01/04/2016

Rev. Gabriel J. (aka James L.) Fox, 79, passed into eternal life on  Monday, December 28, 2015 in St. Petersburg Florida after a short illness. Father Gabriel was born and raised in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He attended the former St. Ann's Parish School and graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1954.  In 1968, he joined ...

Annual Dinner will Highlight Vocations; Present Awards

12/25/2015

Everyone is invited to the fifth annual Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner which will take place on Saturday, January 3,  2015, at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Each of us is called by God to a vocation whether it be married life, priesthood, religious life or the single life. This special evening celebrates the many vocations ...

Bishop Raica's 2015 Christmas Message

12/24/2015

A Christmas Message from The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord JESUS: “WORD OF THE FATHER, NOW IN FLESH APPEARING” A joyful and blessed Christmas to one and all! In the familiar carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful, the third verse has these words: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.”  ...

Bishop to Ordain Six New Deacons

10/27/2015

If Deacon Paul Fifer had to sum up the ministry of the Permanent Diaconate in one Bible verse, it would be Psalm 116:9: “I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.” “That’s what the diaconate aspires to -- bringing Christ out into the everyday world,” he says. Fifer, a deacon himself since 2006, ...

Vocations Awards Announced; Join us for Dinner Celebration

10/24/2015

Everyone is invited to the Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner which will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at St. Mary Cathedral (606 North Ohio Ave.) in Gaylord. Each of us is called by God to a vocation whether it be to married life, priesthood, religious life or the single life. This special evening celebrates the many ways ...

Msgr. Jim Suchocki passes to Eternal Life

10/23/2015

Beloved brother, uncle and ordained priest who served the Diocese of Saginaw, Diocese of Gaylord and the Archdiocese of Miami passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 at age 79 years. The son of the late Alex and Florence (Kruska) Suchocki, James was born May 1, 1936 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from St. Mary College, Orchard Lake and the North ...

Preparing for the Year of Mercy

10/07/2015

Since Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy earlier this year, mercy has been the theme of nearly all of his homilies, speeches, and other engagements – including his recent historic visit to the United States. Pope Francis in his Bull of Indiction said, "Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All ...

Parishes Hosting Local Festival of Families to Coincide with Papal Visit

09/25/2015

These parishes have provided information regarding plans for a local Festival of Families  celebrations on Sunday, September 27, 2015, to coincide with the Festival of Families taking place in Philadelphia with Pope Francis. Everyone is welcome to these parishes for these special celebrations. You may also watch the live stream of the Papal ...

Diocese Mourns the passing of Monsignor Edwin Thome

09/24/2015

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the Diocese of Gaylord received the news of the passing into eternal life of Reverend Monsignor Edwin A. Thome at the age of 87. Ordained a Catholic priest in 1954, Monsignor Thome generously served the Lord as a priest for over 61 years, most of them in northern Lower Michigan, and leaves a legacy of building up ...

Native American Conference Planned for October

09/17/2015

Everyone is invited to gather for a special opportunity to learn more about our Native American brothers and sisters, the Catholic Church, culture, traditions and our shared history.  Titled “Tekakwitha: Making Things Right, Patron of our Mother Earth,” the conferece will be held  on Saturday, October 24, at the Diocesan Pastoral ...

Promoting Health & Wellness for Seniors

09/14/2015

Don’t be caught off guard this flu season – get  your flu shot at the annual Cheboygan Senior Expo on Thursday, October 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cheboygan. A joint venture between Catholic Human Services, the Diocese of Gaylord, McLaren Northern Michigan, and the Cheboygan Catholic Community, the Senior Expo provides necessary ...

Coming Soon! Leadership Training for Women

09/10/2015

The Diocesan Council for Catholic Women (DCCW) in the Diocese of Gaylord will host a women’s leadership training on Saturday, October 10, in the Cooney Conference Center of the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord.  “We Are Called to Witness!” was created for the National Council for Catholic Women (NCCW), it is open to all women ...

Collection for Seminarian Education Fund August 1-2

07/20/2015

On the weekend of August 1-2, prior to the Feast of St. John Vianney on August 4, parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord will take up the annual special collection to support the Seminarian Education Fund.  All funds raised through this collection are used exclusively for tuition, books, room and board, and health insurance for diocesan seminarians. The ...

St. Kateri’s Feast Day Celebration in Peshawbestown July 12

07/06/2015

Native American spiritual traditions will be integrated into the Mass in Peshawbestown Sunday, July 12 when the parish celebrates the feast of its patroness, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. All Catholics, especially those from the four Native American communities across the Diocese of Gaylord, are invited to the 11:00 a.m. Liturgy outdoors at the shrine of ...

Letter to Parishioners From Bishop Raica Regarding Supreme Court Decision

06/26/2015

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to redefine marriage has created a dramatic outcome that is both surprising and yet not surprising. It is surprising in the sense that the definition of marriage can somehow be determined by legislative, administrative or judicial fiat, reducing the magnificent institution ...

Joint Statement from Michigan Bishops

06/26/2015

(Lansing, Mich.) -- Michigan's Catholic bishops today released a joint statement through the Michigan Catholic Conference responding to the United States Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that redefines the institution of marriage in this country. Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic ...

Statement from Bishop Steven J. Raica on Supreme Court Decision

06/26/2015

While today’s decision by the Supreme Court redefines how our civil authorities view marriage, it does not change our understanding of the sacrament of marriage within the Catholic Church. Since the beginning of time, the natural law established by God has determined how each of us is created, requiring the unique relationship between one man ...

Pope Francis Issues New Encyclical "Laudeto Si'"

06/18/2015

Today’s release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato  Si” (“On Care for Our Common Home”) has been awaited with great anticipation and interest, not only among Catholics, but within the general public as well. The Holy Father has encouraged all of us to reflect upon God’s gifts of creation and ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

06/08/2015

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments: Effective June 1, 2015 Deacon Robert Pahlkotter is assigned to diaconal ministry at St. Mary-St. Charles in Cheboygan, Sacred Heart in Riggsville, St. Clement in Pellston and St. Mary in Burt Lake.  Effective June 8, 2015 Reverend James ...

Bishop Issues Decree for Alpena Parish Merger

05/01/2015

STEVEN J RAICA Episcopus Gaylordensis Divina Miseratione et Apostolicæ Sedis Gratia DECREE Merger of the following parishes in Alpena, Michigan: St Bernard, St Mary, the Immaculate Conception, St Anne, St John the Baptist. St Anne Parish has served the French Catholic faithful in Alpena, Michigan since 1883. St Bernard Parish ...

Catholic Relief Services Mobilizes Response to Nepal Earthquake

04/27/2015

Updated May 1, 2015   Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, is committing at least $10 million to help those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25. CRS teams are on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital ...

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat: Hope & Healing in the aftermath of abortion

04/12/2015

“The weekend focuses on recognizing our brokenness, yet having our hearts open to healing and forgiveness,” Kristyn Lent said as she described a retreat for women and men suffering from the aftereffects of abortion. Lent and Jane O’Brien, members of the Boyne Valley Catholic Community, are co-leaders of the Rachel’s Vineyard ...

"An Afternoon at the Monastery"

04/08/2015

Throughout the world, Catholics are celebrating the “Year of Consecrated Life.”  Pope Francis called for this special observance to “Wake up the world” and share the power of the Gospel through the witness of the lives of all consecrated persons.  Have you ever wondered what a brother or sister does all day?  What ...

An Easter Message from Bishop Steven J. Raica

04/04/2015

My brothers and sisters in the Lord, This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!”  Through our acts of prayer, fasting and charity during our Lenten journey, we have been conforming our hearts and minds to the Lord!  We reminded ourselves of the longings of our hearts.  What will answer the longing ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

03/23/2015

The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, announces the following pastoral appointments: EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2015 Reverend Anthony Citro is relieved from duties as Administrator of St Joseph Parish, Mapleton. Reverend James Hayden is appointed Administrator of St Joseph Parish, Mapleton, with continuing residence at Immaculate ...

80-year-old hands continue to serve

03/17/2015

Walter Galvani has a morning routine. Before rising he thanks God for giving him another day and asks the Lord to grant him the grace and blessings “to help the Master build His kingdom for His glory and honor alone.” And then 80-year-old Galvani rolls his 6-foot-3-inch frame out of bed, dresses, and walks three blocks to St. Mary ...

Diocese bids final farewell to Fr. David Dupuis

03/14/2015

Reverend David Philip Dupuis entered eternal life on March 13, 2015 at the age of 87. He was born September 9, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan to Harry and Adah (Mullinix) Dupuis. He received a BA from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He also attended the North American College in Rome and received his STL from the Gregorian College in Rome. He was ...

Fr. Larry Kelleher has entered Eternal Life

03/03/2015

Reverend Lawrence Aloysius “Larry” Kelleher entered eternal life on March 1, 2015 at the age of 92. He was born July 28, 1922 in Butte, Montana to Edward F. and Winifred (Douglas) Kelleher. After his wife of 42 years, Margaret, passed away on March 3, 1989, he attended Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and was ordained ...

Nigerian Priests Invite Joy to Reign in Their Hearts

02/01/2015

For months, Rev. Polycarp Paul Mblarawa did not know whether his mother and father were alive or dead. His parents and siblings became separated as they fled Bazza, Nigeria after the Boko Haram burned their home to the ground in September. On January 27, 2015, the priest finally heard from a relative that Fr. Polycarp's parents had ...

Celebrate Catholic Schools!

01/26/2015

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of National Catholic Schools Week, which was a milestone celebrated by many of the faithful. National Catholic Schools Week 2015 marks year 41 and again has the theme Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.  There is a profound and conscious effort during Catholic Schools Week ...

March for Life

01/18/2015

Hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, D.C., on January 22 for prayer and demonstration against the decriminalization of abortion in our country. Over 55 million children in the United States have lost their lives since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Roe v. Wade.  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. ...

Bishop Raica's 2014 Christmas Message

12/24/2014

May We Welcome Christ Each Day “Silent night! Holy night!”  We are all familiar with the words of this beautiful and evocative Christmas carol.  Even when youngsters are restless at Christmas Mass, there is something about this carol that makes young and the not so young, sing with reverence and awe. For some this time of the ...

Fr. Gus Franczek has entered eternal life

11/13/2014

Reverend Julius August “Gus” Franczek entered eternal life on November 13, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born August 12, 1921 in Norway, Michigan to John and Mary (Kurcz) Franczek. He was the eleventh of twelve children and attended grade school and high school in Norway. Two of his brothers were also priests. Father Gus received his seminary ...

Diocese of Gaylord Priest Named Bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska

11/08/2014

Archbishop Carlo Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced this morning in Washington, D.C., that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Chad Zielinski as Bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska.  A priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, Bishop-Elect Zielinski has been serving as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force, most recently ...

Gaylord woman seeking to ‘empty self to Jesus’ enters convent

09/14/2014

If Anastasia Bragg were on Facebook, the 18-year-old says her social profile would read something like this: “I’m pretty energetic most of the time; I’m pretty athletic, I like sports and stuff; I love my family a lot; I love my faith a lot.” Oh, and she likes working with animals, having spent this August morning showing her ...

"Family of Faith" Welcomes Its New Shepherd

09/05/2014

 “We are one very large family here, a family of faith,” the Most Reverend Steven J. Raica acknowledged to the 1,200 seated inside his cathedral and to the countless more using traditional and social media to witness his ordination and installation as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord Aug. 28. Amid the traditional Church ...

Statements Regarding the Passing of Cardinal Szoka

08/21/2014

Statement of the Holy Father, Pope Francis Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the archdiocese. Recalling with gratitude the late cardinal’s tireless episcopal ministry in Gaylord and Detroit, ...

Diocese Mourns Passing of Cardinal Edmund Szoka

08/21/2014

It is a bittersweet day for the Diocese of Gaylord.  Amid preparations for a joyous celebration next week of the ordination and installation of our newest shepherd, came the news of the passing of Cardinal Edmund Szoka, the First Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord.  Cardinal Szoka entered into eternal life on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was ...

Elizabeth Ministry: Encouraging, Supporting Mothers in Faith

08/15/2014

Velda Krieger had plans to attend a dance recital even though none of her six grandchildren or even her great-grandchild would be appearing. Her eagerness was to see Gretchyn, Isaac and Hazel Bowman perform. Krieger has known Robert and Stephanie (Porta) Bowman for years. She’d attended their wedding and the baptisms of their five children, ...

Collection to Support Seminarian Education Fund

07/30/2014

“The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.” --St. John Vianney Patron Saint of Parish Priests   In August, parishes throughout the Diocese of Gaylord will take up a special collection to support the Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund. The annual collection was established in 2011 by Bishop Bernard ...

Statement of Bishop-elect Steven J. Raica

06/27/2014

At noon today Rome time (6:00 AM EDT), June 27, 2014, Pope Francis appointed me the Fifth Bishop of Gaylord.  As I reflect on the significance of this unexpected appointment, it is all the more a grace-filled moment for me since today is providentially the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was at Sacred Heart Parish and Elementary School, ...

Pope Francis Names New Bishop for the Diocese of Gaylord

06/27/2014

GAYLORD, Michigan – His Holiness Pope Francis, has named the Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Raica, 61, is the fifth Bishop of Gaylord, succeeding the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda who was named to the ...

Fortnight for Freedom

06/12/2014

Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme, “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link between religious liberty ...

Golf Outing to Benefit Vocations

05/24/2014

The Vocations Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Gaylord will host the second annual “Golf Outing to Support Vocations” at Elk Ridge Golf Club in Atlanta, Michigan, on Monday, August 4, 2014. The date coincides with the Feast Day of St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests and all proceeds from the event will be used to support ...

2014 Catholic Services Appeal Kicks Off

04/29/2014

Since its inception 43 years ago, the Diocese of Gaylord has held the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) each May. Established by our first Bishop, now Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, the annual campaign is a practical means for the faithful to support the many ministries and programs that connect us to the wider church. These ministries and programs serve to ...

Mobilizing Michigan's Catholic Women

04/29/2014

Kait Melville-Hall hasn’t always listened as well as she might have — to God or to herself for that matter. (See sidebar.)  But the Alpena woman who heads the state’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW) is hoping women across northern Michigan are listening, and that Catholic women everywhere will unite and be heard. “R U ...

Jarvis Receives Ministry of Acolyte in Rome

04/28/2014

On 6 April 2014, during Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel of the Pontifical North American College, His Excellency Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries at the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican, conferred the Ministry of Acolyte on 53 seminarians, including Christopher Jarvis from the Diocese of Gaylord. As ...

Theology on Tap Combines Faith and Fun

04/19/2014

Good for what "ales" you! Young adults join your peers from all over northern Michigan for the  Diocese of Gaylord’s first “Theology on Tap.”  Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, the event will feature food, faith and fun at the Northern Lights Recreation Center in Harbor Springs. Fr. Don Geyman, Director ...

Matt Fradd Coming to Northern Michigan

04/04/2014

Matt Fradd, internationally known chastity speaker and apologist (defender of the faith) from Catholic Answers, will be in Northern Michigan April 27-29, 2014, for three special presentations. All events are free and open to the public. Australian by birth and Catholic by choice, Matt experienced a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in ...

Msgr. Murphy nominated for 2014 Lumen Christi Award

04/01/2014

Since 2012, the Diocese of Gaylord has been  recognized as a mission diocese by Catholic Extension. For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, the mission of Catholic Extension is to strengthen the Church's presence and mission in under-resourced communities across the United States. Catholic Extension provides funding and resources ...

Diocese Welcomes Stay Overturning Marriage Amendment

03/25/2014

On Friday, March 21, 2014, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled the 2004 voter-approved Michigan Marriage Amendment was unconstitutional. Michigan's Attorney General immediately filed for an emergency stay of the decision with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which was granted on a temporary basis on Saturday afternoon. In the hours between ...

Great News for Young Adults

03/10/2014

The Diocese of Gaylord has received a grant to expand Catholic young adult ministry in our area. If you or someone you know is age 18-39 --single or married -- in college, working or still searching -- you are invited to the Michigan Catholic Young Adult Conference (micyac)in Lansing on March 28 and 29. Come join with other Catholic young adults to ...

CRS Rice Bowl Brings Faith to Life During Lent

03/03/2014

Each year beginning on Ash Wednesday, Catholics in the Diocese of Gaylord join than those across the country in CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ 39-year-old Lenten program known for colorful cardboard rice bowls used in homes for generations. T he program highlights the Lenten trio of prayer, fasting and almsgiving connecting people more closely ...

Fr. Harry Speckman Signs Off

02/26/2014

The Rev. Harry Speckman, OFM, retires to Wisconsin in March; yet even in his absence his work to bring people to God will continue across Northern Michigan through Baraga Broadcasting (BB). The gentle Franciscan priest assigned to Indian River’s Cross in the Woods National Shrine and Parish 14 years ago helped to found the Catholic radio network. ...

Pat Schaffler New Executive Director for NMCF

02/03/2014

The Board of Trustees of the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF) has announced the selection of Patrick Schaffler to serve as its new Executive Director. The appointment was effective January 16, 2014. The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity established to assist donors interested in charitable giving and to make ...

Young woodworker crafts crosses

01/26/2014

By Chris GrosserIn the shadow of the 55-foot-tall crucifix hewn from a single redwood tree, altar servers at Indian River’s Cross in the Woods parish don wooden crosses crafted by a young parishioner. Seventeen-year-old Martin Gutierrez was happy to see the cross pendants he created from black walnut dangling from servers’ necks as he and his sister, ...

Communications Team Requests Your Input

01/26/2014

The Diocese of Gaylord has embarked on a Mutually Shared Vision for the Catholic Church in Northern Lower Michigan to be a people of faith “Shining Christ’s Light: Sunrise to Sunset.” Through our strategic planning process, three areas were determined as priorities for our diocese for the next few years: Evangelization, Faith Formation and Communications.  ...

Baby pantry ministry warms kids, families

01/14/2014

By Chris GrosserMANCELONA — On a cold, wet morning after the season’s first snowfall, a crush of parents filed into the basement of St. Anthony’s Church in Mancelona to shop for new winter outerwear for their children. By day’s end, 151 parents had selected 262 jackets, 232 pairs of snowpants and 216 pairs of boots, all free for the taking from ...

Parishioners and CES Grant allows parish to complete restoration

01/07/2014

For the 168 families who are parishioners of St. Paul in Onaway, Michigan, the financial investment to maintain their aging church facilities has often been a challenge – but one they have been able to meet through prayer and sacrificial giving. Over the past few years, the faithful of St. Paul found the resources to replace 24 small and 18 large stained ...

Ben Rexroat Admitted to Candidacy

12/22/2013

Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception marked a defining moment in the priestly formation for Benjamin Rexroat, Seminarian for the Diocese of Gaylord. Ben was one of 16 seminarians admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders in Saint Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. The Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary ...

Michigan Catholic Conference files new lawsuit against "HHS Mandate"

11/15/2013

On November 14 the Michigan Catholic Conference filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan a new legal complaint against the federal government regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) objectionable services mandate. The complaint challenges the HHS mandate on the grounds that it violates longstanding ...

Local Churches Responding to Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines

11/10/2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8th striking Guiuan, Eastern Samar Island, with wind speeds of 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to have made landfall anywhere in the world.  Thousands have died and an estimated 9.5 million people are suffering from destruction on par with that seen after the 2004 Indian ...

Matt Cowan Ordained Deacon

10/17/2013

Gaylord Seminarian Matthew Cowan was one of 41 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College ordained to the transitional diaconate during a celebration of the Eucharist on October 2, 2013. His Eminence, Cardinal James Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome, was the ordaining prelate at the Ordination Mass. ...

Sr. Pia Trinita makes final vows at Carmelite Monastery

10/10/2013

Bringing a youthful dream to fulfillment, Sister Pia Trinita made her final profession as a Carmelite Nun during a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hebda on September 22nd. The eldest of twelve children, Mary Maureen Blackburn first felt an attraction to the cloister while majoring in theology at Seattle University. But Divine Providence led her instead ...

Mass Schedule for Archbishop Hebda

10/02/2013

With last week’s announcement that His Holiness Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, the Diocese of Gaylord officially became sede vacante, a vacant see, meaning there is no bishop currently appointed to the diocese. A Mass of Welcome for Archbishop Hebda will be held in Newark ...

Msgr. Musphy elected Diocesan Administrator

09/27/2013

Following the September 24 announcement that the Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda had been named Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, the College of Consultors for the Diocese of Gaylord met and elected the Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Murphy to serve as the Diocesan Administrator until Pope Francis appoints a new bishop for the diocese. By canon ...

Priests Complete Good Leaders Good Shepherds Program

09/26/2013

It was a moment not so unlike that of traditional graduations as Bishop Bernard A. Hebda and 34 priests serving the Diocese of Gaylord were awarded diplomas for completion of the Good Leaders Good Shepherds program.  There was a sense of accomplishment, relief, and hope as the 18 months of study and practicum assignments culminated in a luncheon ceremony ...

Archdiocese of Newark issues news release regarding appointment

09/24/2013

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, today announced to a gathering of local journalists and Archdiocesan employees and guests in the Newark Archdiocesan Center offices that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has granted his request to name a Co-Adjutor Archbishop to assist in the administration of this local Church of Newark. The Most Reverend ...

Bishop Hebda named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark

09/24/2013

His Holiness Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, shepherd of the Diocese of Gaylord for the past four years, the Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. The Vatican made the announcement on the September 24, 2013 and it was shared in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the ...

Carmelite Nun to Take Vows

09/12/2013

The public is invited to attend the solemn profession of Sr. Pia Trinita on Sunday, Sept. 22 at  a 2:pm Mass at the Carmelite Monastery, 3501 Silver Lake Road in Traverse City. Bishop Bernard Hebda will be principal celebrant and Archabbot Lambert Reilly OSB will be the homilist. Sister Pia will receive visitors after Mass, and on Sept. 23, 24 and ...

Summer Mystical Rose Gathering Focused on "Theology of the Body"

08/23/2013

“This day changed my life,” one young woman stated as the Mystical Rose Daughter of Faith event concluded on Saturday. Approximately 85 women, daughters and moms from across the Diocese of Gaylord, gathered in Gaylord for a day focused on the theme “Created in God’s Image and Likeness: An Intro to Theology of the Body.” Each of the presenters for ...

World Youth Day Experience "Indescribable"

08/20/2013

“Indescribable” and “life changing” were two ways that the pilgrims returning from World Youth Day to the Diocese of Gaylord described their experience. Led by Bishop Bernard Hebda and Father Peter Wigton, the group of young adults departed from Gaylord on Monday, July 22, and arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late afternoon on Tuesday, July 23, ...

One Pilgrim's Reflection on World Youth Day

08/20/2013

By Priscilla OddoSt. Mary Cathedral, GaylordImagine you are on a beach in a foreign country. It’s dark and chilly, and every few minutes you feel a rain drop. You’re exhausted from a long day and yet you find yourself on your knees once again. All is silent except for the lapping of the ocean’s waves. You can feel the hum of energy radiating through ...

28 Teens Develop Leadership Skills at CLI

08/05/2013

“I will not do the acts of leadership only, but I will also be doing everything for and through Christ and His goal, not just my objective.” This is a quote from a high school student after attending the Diocese of Gaylord’s Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) last month at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. The week-long institute ...

Extraordinary Form of Mass Held at original St. Mary Church in Gaylord

08/03/2013

On Sunday, July 21, Fr. Peter Wigton celebrated the extraordinary form of the Mass at the first Catholic Church built in Gaylord. In the extraordinary form, the term “extraordinary” is meant to mean “other” rather than to place it as being of higher rank. In July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued an Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum regarding the ...

Bishop Hebda reflects on WYD Experience

08/03/2013

  On the Mount of the Transfiguration, Peter exclaimed: “It is good for us to be here.” Those words have been my own as I have travelled with our young pilgrims from the Diocese of Gaylord to join Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Brazil. The enthusiasm of the millions of young people who have gathered throughout the city of Rio de Janiero is contagious ...

Collection for Seminarian Education Fund will be held August 3 & 4

07/23/2013

On the weekend of August 4, the Feast of St. John Vianney, parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord will take up the second annual special collection for Seminarian Education Fund. All funds raised through this collection will be used solely for tuition, books, room and board, and health insurance for diocesan seminarians. In recent years, the diocese has ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

07/10/2013

The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, announces the following appointments: Effective June 19, 2013 : Rev. Matthew A. Wigton has been assigned as Temporary Administrator of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island in addition to his responsibilities as Administrator of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Charlevoix. Effective ...

Join us for "Bishop's Golf Outing"

07/10/2013

The Vocations Advisory Committee for the Diocese of Gaylord will host the first “Bishop’s Golf Outing” at Elk Ridge Golf Club in Atlanta, Michigan on Monday, August 5, 2013. All proceeds from the event will be used to support vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord. The scramble format tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Cost is ...

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

07/09/2013

“Pro-Woman, Pro-Man, Pro-Child: Discover Natural Family Planning” is the theme of the 2013 observance of National NFP Awareness Week, July 21-27, a time set aside by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a reminder to, “celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.” The Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Diocese of ...

Two new priests ordained

07/05/2013

On Saturday, June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul,  Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Matthew Anthony Furgiuele (left above)  and Bryan William Medlin to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord. The diocese was honored to have Bishop Noel Simard from the Diocese of Valleyfield, ...

Supreme Court's decisions on marriage "disappointing" -- Bishop Hebda

06/27/2013

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8. The Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection ...

Fr. Rey Garcia, S.J., has passed away

06/27/2013

Fr. Reynaldo A. Garcia, S.J., who served in the Diocese of Gaylord from 1999-2005, entered eternal life  on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.  Fr. Rey was born on December 10, 1937 in Manila, Philippines. He entered the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1968 at St. Charles College, Grand ...

Fortnight for Freedom

06/21/2013

In April of 2012, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document titled, “Our First, Most Cherished Freedom,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education ...

Religious Leaders Urge Senate to Support Health Care Conscience Rights Act

06/21/2013

WASHINGTON— Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Russell D. Moore, Ph.D., president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, hailed the introduction of S. 1204 by Senators Tom Coburn and Deb Fischer and urged U.S. Senators ...

Deacons Furgiuele and Medlin to be Ordained to Priesthood on June 29

06/21/2013

With great joy and thanksgiving to God, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda invites everyone to the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacons Matthew Anthony Furgiuele and Bryan William Medlin. The ordination will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 29, at St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord. Deacon Matthew Furgiuele, the only child of Karen and ...

Bishop-Seminarians teaching on the Catechism this week

06/13/2013

As part of the Universal Catholic Church’s observance of this “Year of Faith,” the Diocese of Gaylord has been offering sessions in vicariates to enrich our understanding of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Organized in response to Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s call in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei to embrace the Year of Faith as an opportunity ...

Three Seminarians Receive Degrees

06/06/2013

On Saturday, May 11, Deacon Bryan Medlin, and Seminarians Nicholas Cooper and Brad Nursey from the Diocese of Gaylord were awarded degrees during the 114th Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercised at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Deacon Medlin received a Master of Divinity while Cooper and Nursey each received a Bachelor ...

Come and See!

06/04/2013

“What are you looking for?  Come and see.” John 1:38-39These words of invitation to the first disciples still speak to us today. Are you wondering if you are being called to priestly ministry?Bishop Bernard Hebda and Father Don Geyman, Director of Vocations, cordially invite all adult men 18 and up who are  interested in learning more about the ...

Carmelite Mother Teresa Margaret <br>has entered eternal life

05/28/2013

Mother Teresa Margaret, foundress of the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse City , died May 26, on the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, surrounded by her religious community. She was 101, and had been a cloistered nun for 83 years. Zoe Julia Armstrong was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 8, 1911 to Edward and Zoe (Goulet) Armstrong. The oldest of six ...

Bishop Hebda meets Pope Francis

05/28/2013

While in Rome recently for a meeting, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda had the opportunity to assure Pope Francis of the prayers of the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord and to ask the Holy Father for a blessing for the work of the Church in northern Lower Michigan.As a member of the Executive Board of Caritas Internationalis, Bishop ...

How you can help in tornado relief efforts

05/25/2013

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the victims of the recent tornadoes in the southern U.S., particularly in Oklahoma.  As has been our practice for many years, Bishop Hebda has invited and encouraged parishes to consider taking up a special collection to help in the relief efforts.  Other dioceses across the country will be doing the same in the ...

Help our young adults attend World Youth Day 2013

05/01/2013

In 1985 Blessed John Paul II designated Palm Sunday as World Youth Day. While each year World Youth Day is celebrated in local dioceses, an international event is held every two to three years . This July a delegation of 23 young adults from our diocese, led by Bishop Bernard Hebda, will journey to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to be with Pope Francis and ...

16 Compete in Diocesan Regional Catechism Bee

04/29/2013

On Thursday, April 18, the Diocese of Gaylord hosted the second Regional Catechism Bee for sixth graders representing our Catholic Schools and once again the level of accomplishment was extremely high. The event traces its roots to an initiative of the women of the St. Angela's Circle at St. Ann Parish in Cadillac. Two years ago, they organized and ...

Fr. Richard Seifferly & Fr. Thomas Dominiak<br>have entered eternal life

04/28/2013

Two beloved priests of the Diocese of Gaylord passed away in recent days. Fr. Richard Seifferly passed away peacefully April 24 as he was making the journey from his winter residence in Florida back to Michigan. Funeral arrangements are as follows:  Visitation will be held on Monday, April 29 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. ...

Catholic Home Missions: Strengthening the Church at Home

04/26/2013

Since 1998, the national collection for Catholic Home Missions has been a powerful expression of stewardship and our Catholic communion. Catholics from parishes across the United States give generously to offer desperately needed help to the Mission Church here at home. While a special collection will be held in many parishes across the country the ...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

04/17/2013

April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month” by Presidential proclamation in 1985. Since then, organizations throughout the country have used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its forms. Child abuse and neglect remains a national problem. ...

Calling all Women: DCCW Annual Convention will be May 1

04/14/2013

All women are invited to participate in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Annual Spring Convention to be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. In his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei announcing the Year of Faith, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, wrote, “Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received ...

Young Adults invited to "Hearts on Fire" Retreat

04/01/2013

As this Year of Faith continues, the Diocese of Gaylord is hosting a one-day retreat especially for young adults. Hearts on Fire is designed for young adults ages 18-39, single or married, to help them connect faith to every day life. The retreat will be facilitated by a team of Jesuit priests led by Father Phil Hurley, Young Adult Director at the Apostleship ...

Judge Dismisses HHS Mandate Lawsuit

03/29/2013

A federal judge in Ohio dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and the Franciscan University of Steubenville against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' objectionable services mandate on March 22, ruling that it was premature. The lawsuit was filed May 21, 2012 in order to prevent the federal government from ...

Fr. Mitch Pacwa to be keynote speaker

03/23/2013

Everyone is invited to support Catholic Radio in Northern Michigan by attending one of the Baraga Broadcasting Spring Benefit dinners. In its fifth year, the Spring Benefit Dinner highlights how Catholic radio touches lives and helps to provide many of the donations that are required to keep Baraga Broadcasting on the air. Funded by gifts and donations ...

How You are Helping Jesus in Disguise

03/01/2013

Each year on the fourth weekend of Lent, the Catholic Relief Services Collection is taken up in most dioceses across the country. In the Diocese of Gaylord, instead of a special collection, a donation is made to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on behalf of the faithful of this diocese from gifts to the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). CRS supports ...

Obituary of Rev. Richard Sitar

02/23/2013

Reverend Richard Thomas Sitar entered eternal life on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the age of 86. Father Sitar was born January 31, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Rudolph and Stella (Gaska) Sitar. He attended St. Boniface Grade School and St. Leo High School in Detroit. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross as a Brother in June, 1945. He received ...

"Totally Yours" will be Theme of Mother Daughter Retreat

02/21/2013

The “Totus Tuus” Mother & Daughter Retreat for young women in grades 8-12 and their mothers is scheduled for March 23 & 24, 2013 at the Augustine Retreat Center in Conway. Hosted byJP II Youth Ministry of St. Francis Xavier Parish, this enriching retreat experience is open to all young women and their mothers in the Diocese of Gaylord. The ...

Register Now for the 2013 Catholic Men's Conference in Traverse City

02/13/2013

All men are invited to attend the annual Diocese of Gaylord Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 2, from 9 am to 4 pm at St. Francis High School in Traverse City. This year’s conference, “Be a Man and Surrender to Christ,” will be headlined by Father Larry Richards, who has conducted retreats for men old and young and in between.Father Larry, a native ...

CRS Rice Bowl Brings Faith to Life during Lent

02/03/2013

With a new name, a refreshed design, and numerous new resources created to enrich the experience of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl offers meaningful ways for Catholics to embrace Lent this year. By highlighting the beauty of the Lenten trio — prayer, fasting, and giving — CRS Rice Bowl connects people more closely with the global mission of the Catholic Church. ...

Monthy Catechism Sessions Continue; Will You Join Us?

01/28/2013

Throughout the Year of Faith, the Diocese of Gaylord will be hosting a series of monthly sessions in each vicariate exploring the four pillars of the Catechism. Titled "Catechism of the Catholic Church: Hidden Treasure," each session is designed to help us “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, ...

Have You Heard About World Youth Day 2013?

01/28/2013

By Fr. Peter WigtonParochial VicarSt. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord; St. Thomas Aquinas, Elmira; Holy Redeemer, Vanderbilt.I am excited to have the wonderful privilege of leading a diocesan group of young adults to Rio De Janiero, Brazil, this summer for World Youth Day 2013 to see Pope Benedict XVI. World Youth Day is actually celebrated annually on Palm ...

It's Catholic Schools Week!

01/27/2013

By Charles H. TaylorSuperintendent of Catholic Schools Diocese of Gaylord I recently read an article in the New York Times titled, “Catholic Education, in Need of Salvation.” The authors of the Op-Ed piece opened with the sentence, “Paro chial education is in crisis.” and went on to note the trends of rising costs, declining enrollments and inevitable ...

Carmelite Monastery Renovation Nearly Complete; Altar to be Dedicated Feb. 3

01/27/2013

After nearly a year of renovation and restoration work, the sisters of Traverse City’s tiny Infant Jesus of Prague monastery will once again be able to worship in their beloved chapel.Bishop Bernard Hebda of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord will dedicate the chapel’s new altar at a special concelebrated Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3, and the church ...

Nearly 200 Gather for Vocations Awareness Event

01/15/2013

The third annual Vocations Awareness and Recognition Awards Dinner was held Saturday, January 12 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Planned by the Vocations Advisory Committee, the event marked the opening of our diocesan observance of National Vocations Awareness Week. Following a Mass celebrated by Bishop Bernard Hebda, approximately 180 gathered for ...

Respect Life to Host "Theology of the Body " Presentation

01/13/2013

Bill Donaghy, known for his national scholarship on the Blessed John Paul II’s landmark work Theology of the Body, will speak at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, MI on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.Donaghy will present “Your Call to Greatness” in which he will share the revolutionary principles on sexuality, marriage, ...

Chet Collins to be Ordained to the Priesthood

12/28/2012

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda will ordain seminarians Chet L. Collins to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord. The Eucharistic Liturgy and Rite of Ordination will begin at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. On the Eve of the Ordination, January 11, a Vespers service led by the seminarians of the Diocese will be ...

St. Andrew Task Force Retreat being offered for High School boys

12/26/2012

High school boys (grades 9-12) from across the diocese are invited to the annual St. Andrew Task Force Retreat to be held at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord January 11-13, 2012. In this “Year of Faith” the retreat is themed “Share your Faith with JOY!” and will encourage participants to grow deeper in their understanding of their Catholic faith, ...

A Christmas Message from Bishop Hebda

12/25/2012

“Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing….” For nearly 300 years, those words from the popular carol, “O Come All Ye Faithful” have filled homes and Churches as Christians around the world gather at Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus, giving voice to the affirmation that we find at the very beginning of John’s Gospel: “And the Word ...

Chistmas Concerts to assist those attending World Youth Day

12/20/2012

As we celebrate the Christmas season, everyone is invited to two special choral concerts featuring seminarian Nicholas Cooper. O Holy Night: A Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday, December 27, at 7 pm at Cooper’s home parish of Sacred Heart in Elk Rapids and again on Sunday, December 30, at 3 pm at St. Francis Xavier in Petoskey. He will ...

New Coordinators of Family Life/Respect Life Ministry

12/06/2012

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda is pleased to announce the Diocese has reestablished a Family Life/Respect Life office and that Marie Hahnenberg and Seth Peters have joined the diocesan staff to coordinate that ministry. The two will work part-time within the Diocesan Secretariat for Faith Development, collaborating with the Secretariat’s Director, Dannie ...

Steffel's Legacy: "Do the right thing."

12/05/2012

The Diocese of Gaylord has bid farewell to Michael Ernest Steffel, who passed away on November 27, 2012, in Gaylord. Steffel, 65, joined the diocesan staff in 1981 and spent most of his career with the diocese as the Diocesan Finance Officer and Director of the Secretariat for Administrative Services. He officially retired on May19, 2011, 30 years to ...

Annual Collection Supports 34,000 Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders

12/01/2012

The 25th annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up December 8-9, 2012, in parishes across the country, including the Diocese of Gaylord. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., and offers financial support for the day-to-day care of over 34,000 senior ...

Kateri Tekakwitha Canonized; First Native American Saint

10/25/2012

October 21 marked a special day for the Roman Catholic Church and, in particular, Catholic Native Americans as Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in a special ceremony in Rome. She is the first Native American to be named a saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” Saint Kateri was born in 1656 near present-day Albany, New York, ...

Diocese Bids Final Farewell to Bishop Cooney

10/25/2012

Bishop Patrick R. Cooney dearly loved the people of the Diocese of Gaylord, the 21-county region of northern Lower Michigan that he led for twenty years; and the people loved him in return. On Monday, October 22, 2012, over 1,000 people gathered to say goodbye to the priest who had served as their shepherd, mentor, co-worker and friend from 1990-2009. ...

Three new seminarians for the Diocese of Gaylord

10/14/2012

The Diocese of Gaylord has been blessed with three new seminarians, raising the total number of seminarians to 13 this year. Peter Freundl, George Buchey, and Christopher Nowak began their studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, this fall.Peter Freundl, 18, is one of 13 children born to Lawrence and JoAnne Freundl of Traverse ...

World Mission Sunday is October 21

10/13/2012

A letter from Bishop Hebda for World Mission Sunday, 2012:Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, In recent years, you, the Faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord, have repeatedly earned distinction for your extraordinary generosity on World Mission Sunday, the day set aside for Catholics worldwide to support the Church's missionary activity. Thank you for ...

Kohler receives certification

10/10/2012

Mrs. Geralyn Kohler recently received her certification as a Catechetical Leader through the Diocese of Gaylord’s Center for Catholic Studies. She serves as Director/Coordinator of 6th -12th Grade Faith Formation Programming for the parishes of St. Ann in Cadillac, St. Stephen in Lake City, St. Theresa in Manton, and St. Edward in Harrietta.Geralyn ...

Want to experience life in our sister Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua?

09/06/2012

The Diocese of Gaylord will be sending a delegation to our sister Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua between February 05, 2013 and February 15, 2013. The primary purpose of this trip will be to build relationships and solidarity with the people and Catholic community in Matagalpa. We hope to strengthen our mutual ties of friendship, learn about their world ...

Collection for Seminarian Education Fund

08/18/2012

This month, parishes throughout the Diocese of Gaylord are holding a special collection specifically to fund seminarian education costs. This fall the diocese will have thirteen seminarians heading “back to school,” with the possibility of one more being added in January. It is a dramatic increase since 2008, when the diocese had only four men in ...

Bishop Hebda Visits Beaver Island

08/11/2012

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda recently spent three days at Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island, covering for the Administrator, Rev. Joseph Blasko, who was away for a few days of well-deserved vacation. While the Bishop Hebda has been to the parish on three prior occasions, this was the first time that he had the opportunity to see the parish in the summer ...

Matthew Furgiuele Ordained Deacon

08/08/2012

On Monday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Matthew Anthony Furgiuele to the Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Gaylord at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs. It is the next step in his journey to eventually becoming a priest for the Diocese of Gaylord. Twenty-five priests of the diocese ...

Msgr. Paul Russell Comes Home to Celebrate Jubilee

07/10/2012

On Sunday, June 24th, the parishioners of St. Bernard’s in Alpena rejoiced as one of their own returned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Family and friends were excited to join Monsignor Paul Russell for morning Mass, for a Eucharistic holy hour, and for a reception at the Parish Center. Diocese of Gaylord Bishop ...

Mystical Rose Summer Event

07/05/2012

The Mystical Rose, Daughters of Faith Summer Outing will be held on Saturday, August 11at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord at 11 a.m. The event will kick off with a special Mass and will include lunch and a special softball game between the women of Mystical Rose and a team of priests/seminarians from the Diocese of Gaylord. There is no fee to attend this ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

07/01/2012

OFFICIAL DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, announces the following appointments: Effective June 17, 2012 Rev. Gerard Hunko has been named Pastor for the parishes of St. Pius X in Hale, St. James in Whittemore and St. Stephen in Skidway Lake. Effective July 9, 2012 Rev. John Paul Bashe has been ...

Fortnight For Religious Freedom

06/11/2012

In April, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document titled, “Our First, Most Cherished Freedom,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and ...

Let Your Voice Be Heard <br> Two Listening Sessions are left

06/08/2012

Over the past several months, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda and the directors of the various diocesan offices have been participating in a strategic planning process with the ultimate goal being to discern and carry out a mutually shared vision for the Diocese of Gaylord. After interviewing several organizations, the Catholic Leadership Institute was selected ...

Sr. Sue Salutes Women at DCCW Annual Convention

05/20/2012

“Laugh for the health of it!” was the message that Sr. Susanne Tracy, OP, shared with the 135 attendees of the 40th annual Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) convention in Gaylord on May 16. Sr. Sue, a Dominican Sister who serves as an oncology chaplain at Spectrum Health, is a four-time cancer survivor who travels the country delivering messages ...

Top Model to Role Model: Leah Darrow Tours Northern Michigan

05/14/2012

Leah Darrow, former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, spoke to hundreds of youth across the Diocese of Gaylord at the end of April. Leah made presentations in Traverse City, Onaway, Petoskey and Gaylord, sharing her life story and challenging teens to accept the mercy of Christ, embrace true love and welcome conversion. With strong Catholic roots, ...

Young Adults -- Join us for a "Pentecost Party in the Pinkie"

05/07/2012

Young Catholics from throughout Michigan will gather at Lake Ann Camp (just west of Traverse City) for a special weekend of faith-filled fun specifically geared for young adults ages 18-39. Hosted by the TC Frassati young adult group from Traverse City, the event is being highlighted as a Pentecost Party in the Pinkie and will take place May 25-27. ...

Mothers and Daughters Enjoy Weekend Retreat

05/02/2012

In March, thirty participants from the Diocese of Gaylord attended the Mystical Rose Mother and Daughter Retreat at the Augustine Center in Conway. The experience allowed mothers and their teen daughters time away from the busy-ness of everyday life and an opportunity to connect with other women of the diocese during a weekend fun and faith focused ...

Two New Deacons Ordained

04/30/2012

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained seminarians Chet Collins and Bryan Medlin to the Transitional Diaconate for the Diocese of Gaylord at St. Mary Cathedral. A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church and serves in the ministries of charity, liturgy and the word. Transitional deacons are those men who are pursuing ...

Bishops Issue Call to Action to Defend Religious Liberty

04/17/2012

The U.S. bishops have issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights. They outlined their position in “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” The document was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).“We have ...

Matt Cowan Instituted to Acolyte

04/13/2012

Matthew Cowan, from the Diocese of Gaylord, was one of 55 seminarians of the Pontifical North American College instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte during the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist on March 4, 2012. The Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, celebrated the Mass and instituted the new acolytes. After handing ...

Diocese of Gaylord Profiled by Catholic Home Missions

04/10/2012

The Diocese of Gaylord is one of 83 dioceses throughout the country that receives funding from Catholic Home Missions and it is featured in the spring issue of “Neighbors,” their quarterly Newsletter. The article is titled, “Embracing the New Evangelization,” and shares some of the blessings and challenges faced by the faithful and leadership ...

Vote for Baraga Broadcasting

04/07/2012

Last year the Diocese of Gaylord was recognized as a mission diocese by Catholic Extension. As many know, the mission of Catholic Extension is to strengthen the Church's presence and mission in under-resourced communities across the United States. Catholic Extension provides funding and resources to dioceses and parishes through programs and services ...

Leah Darrow is Coming to Northern Michigan

03/20/2012

Leah Darrow, former contestant on America’s Next Top Model now turned international chastity/modesty speaker from Catholic Answers, will be in Northern Michigan April 26-28, 2012. She will be sharing her insights and experience with youth in four locations within the Diocese of Gaylord. From the hit reality TV Show, America’s Next Top Model to now ...

Teens -- This summer could change your life!

03/14/2012

Applications for the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) are now available. The program runs from Sunday to Friday (June 17-June 22, 2012), and will be held at the Lake Louise Camp in Boyne Falls, MI. Youth who have completed the 8th grade are invited to participate. CLI is a part of the faith development program of the diocese specifically designed ...

Celebrate Our New Monsignors

03/14/2012

Pope Benedict XVI has bestowed Papal Honors on six priests of the Diocese of Gaylord. Rev. James A. Suchocki, Rev. Raymond C. Mulka, Rev. James L. Brucksch, Rev. Edwin A. Thome and Rev. Francis J. Murphy, who have each served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Gaylord, were named Prelates of Honor of His Holiness on December 23, 2011. In March of 2011, ...

Sr. High Youth Rally Postponed

03/13/2012

The Sr. High Youth Rally originally scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord has been postponed until November 10, 2012. Internationally known musician and speaker, Sal Solo has already committed to the new date and is looking forward to returning to the Diocese of Gaylord as the keynote presenter. Those who had registered ...

Operation Rice Bowl - A Lenten Tradition

02/25/2012

Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), Catholic Relief Services’ annual Lenten program that begins on Ash Wednesday and contiues throughout the Lenten season, offers Catholics in the United States an opportunity to learn about our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Begun in 1975 in the Diocese of Allentown, PA as a response to the drought in the African ...

Men's Conference will provide inspiration and encouragement

02/05/2012

Men in the diocese looking for spiritual inspiration and men’s fellowship should plan to attend the 2012 Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 3 at St. Francis High School in Traverse City. Open to all men – young, older and in between – this special day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with a 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy with Bishop ...

It's National Marriage Week; Special Event Feb. 11

02/01/2012

The Fifth Annual Marriage Enrichment Dinner in celebration of World Marriage Day will be held at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on Saturday, February 11. The celebration will begin with the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy with Bishop Bernard Hebda as the main celebrant. Last year more than 100 couples from across the diocese gathered for the event which ...

Principal Mary Murphy Carries a Heart for Catholic Education

02/01/2012

By Sandra Heska KingMary Murphy remembers the day in eighth-grade language arts class when she thought, “I wouldn’t do it that way.” And she began to plan a lesson in her head. She carried that “moment of clarity” right out of Durand High School and into Aquinas College where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. A master’s ...

Bishop Hebda Reacts to HHS Ruling; Calls for Action

01/30/2012

Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In union with my brother bishops throughout the United States, I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The ...

World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed this weekend

01/29/2012

The 16th annual World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed in parishes in the United States the weekend of February 4-5. The annual celebration was established by Pope John Paul II in 1997, to be marked each year on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing ...

US Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edicts

01/20/2012

The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. Today's announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will ...

Six Priests Receive Papal Honors

01/10/2012

Bishop Bernard A. Hebda is pleased to share the news that Pope Benedict XVI closed the Diocese of Gaylord’s 40th jubilee year on a high note by bestowing papal honors upon all five of the priests of the diocese who have at one time or another over those four decades served as Vicar General for the diocese: Rev. James A. Suchocki, Rev. Raymond C. Mulka, ...

Girls' Vocations Group "Mystical Rose" gathers in Traverse City

01/03/2012

In December, 50 girls in junior high and high school gathered from around the diocese to visit the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse City. The day began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Anthony Cureton and then was followed by a short tour of the monastery. Since the Carmelites are a cloistered religious order, only certain parts of the monastery may be accessed ...

Northport Residents Honored by Pontifical North American College

12/29/2011

Northport Point residents, Jack and Anne Ball, were recently honored by the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) with the presentation of the Umiltà Award at a ceremony at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Umiltà Awards honor those who have shown outstanding support and collaboration with the Pontifical North American College, the Church ...

Diocese Celebrates Ordination of Joseph Ortega

12/23/2011

On Saturday, December 17, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda ordained Deacon Joseph Ortega to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord. More than 800 gathered at St. Mary Cathedral for the celebration which brought to a close the diocese’s 40th Jubilee Year. “When we considered how it is that we as a church would celebrate our 40th jubilee, we very much wanted ...

Bishop Hebda's Christmas Message

12/23/2011

One of the great blessings of my 13 years in Rome was the opportunity to celebrate Mass several times each week with the Missionaries of Charity, the international congregation of Religious women founded by Mother Teresa and sharing her charism of wholehearted service to the poorest of the poor. Their chapels often stood in sharp contrast with the monuments ...

Everyone is invited to Vocations Awareness Dinner

12/14/2011

Bishop Bernard Hebda is happy to announce that the second Vocations Awareness Dinner will take place on January 7 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Everyone is invited to this special event. Coinciding with the Feast of Epiphany, as well as the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week, the evening will begin with the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy ...

Gaylord Knights Present Checks

12/10/2011

Last week, the Gaylord Knights of Columbus Council #2781 presented checks from funds raised during their annual Tootsie Roll Drive. Andrea Sarto accepted $2,575.03 on behalf of North Country Community Mental Health from K of C fundraiser chairman Bill Skibinski (left). Andrea explained that the donation helps to fund special events that would otherwise ...

"Share in the Care" of Retired Religious

12/03/2011

The 24th annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious is taken up in dioceses across the country, including the Diocese of Gaylord, on the second Sunday of December each year.. Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the collection asks Catholics to “Share in the Care” of more than 34,000 women ...

Two Special Events for Youth

12/01/2011

For the past several years, the Vocations Advisory Committee has planned several events to bring together young men and young women for prayer, reflection and fun, to help them in their faith journey and to assist them in discerning how they will serve God as they grow into adulthood. This month both groups will gather for special events. “Discovering ...

Annual LARC Retreat Held

11/03/2011

On October 25-27, Bishop Bernard Hebda, Lutheran Bishop John Schleicher and several religious leaders and parishioners gathered at the Augustine Center in Conway for the annual LARC Retreat. LARC is an acronym representing the ecumenical effort established 10 years ago among the Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic faith traditions to continue dialog ...

Annual White Mass Celebrated

10/26/2011

Approximately 125 Catholic medical professionals from across the Diocese of Gaylord joined Bishop Bernard Hebda and parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City for the annual “White Mass” on October 16. Fr. Anthony Citro, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and Fr. James Hayden, a Senior Priest of the Diocese, concelebrated. ...

Support CHS Host Homes Program through Swingshift and the Stars

10/12/2011

Put on your dancing shoes and come out to support Catholic Human Services Host Homes for Homeless Youth Program during the 2011 Swingshift and the Stars Dance-off For Charity in Traverse City. Begun in 2008, Swingshift and the Stars creates a partnership between local charities and the community through highly entertaining and friendly competition. ...

Native American Conference Focused on Evangelization and Inculturation

10/10/2011

A conference to examine how best to reach out to Native American Catholics within the Diocese of Gaylord was held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center earlier this month. Funded by a grant from the Black and Indian Missions Office along with gifts to the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA), the conference spanned two days. The first day was specifically ...

Wedding Anniversary Masses to be held

10/10/2011

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be become one flesh. These words from Genesis are repeated in the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.Over the past nine months, the Diocese of Gaylord has hosted numerous  events and activities in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese.  ...

White Mass to be held Oct. 16

10/07/2011

Bishop Bernard Hebda will be the celebrant for a Mass in appreciation for those who serve in the health care profession. Often referred to as a "White Mass," it is traditionally celebrated on or near the Feast of St. Luke. It is called a White Mass because health care workers traditionally wear white coats and white is a symbol in the church ...

Pray With Us - First Friday and 40 Hour Devotions in October

10/02/2011

As we continue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Gaylord, many special opportunities for prayer and reflection are being offered. We know as Catholics that the Mass is “the source and summit of the Christian Life (Lumen Gentium, #11).” However, the Second Vatican Council also encouraged the faithful to extend their adoration outside ...

Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation Weekend

09/27/2011

This year marks the 13th anniversary of The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF).  The NMCF is an endowment-based fiduciary body that supports the Catholic ministries here in northern Michigan. The NMCF allows donors to designate their gift to support a specific parish, school or a diocesan ministry, or they can leave a gift undesignated to ...

New Girls' Group Being Formed

09/20/2011

Approximately 70 people gathered for a picnic with Bishop Bernard Hebda in August in Gaylord. The afternoon included prayer, fellowship, discussion, and even time for Frisbee and “waffle” ball. About 40 girls in junior high and high school gathered at the second event hosted by the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Committee for the young women in the Diocese ...

Catholic Burial Workshop Sept. 29 in T.C.

09/18/2011

Diane Gray, Office Manager of Oakwood Catholic Cemetery in Traverse City, and Fr. Wayne Dziekan, Director of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace, will present a workshop on Catholic Burial practices on Thursday, September 29 and St. Patrick Church in Traverse City. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Gray will provide insights and answers to issues ...

Youth Minister wins "Everyday Hero" Award

09/12/2011

Youth ministers know their work is affirming, rewarding, and can even be life-changing, but one Alpena youth minister has tangible proof of her impact. Marsha Hoppe, high school youth ministry coordinator for the Alpena Catholic community, is one of 10 winners of an “Everyday Hero Award,” honoring those who inspire Michigan’s youth through commitment, ...

Mass to Honor Religious will be held August 28

08/18/2011

Every Catholic Christian is called to live his or her life as a witness to Christ who gave his life for us. While each of us has received a vocation to service and there are many ways in which we can realize that vocation, consecrated life is a particular vocation to conform one's life to Jesus Christ through living as he did in poverty, chastity and ...

Bishop Meets with Young Adults to Gain Insights on Young Adult Ministry

08/10/2011

The main task for us all is that of a new evangelization aimed at helping younger generations to rediscover the true face of God, who is Love.” Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Youth Day, 2009 Throughout 2011, the Diocese of Gaylord has been celebrating its 40th Anniversary. It has been a time to reflect upon where we have been and the wonderful ...

Altar Servers Make a Splash

08/04/2011

The sixth annual Diocese of Gaylord Altar Server Appreciation Day was held Saturday, July 30. Approximately 400 altar servers and their chaperones gathered at St. Matthew Church in Boyne City for a Mass celebrated by Bishop Bernard Hebda which was followed by a picnic lunch and afternoon of fun at Avalanche Bay Water Park at Boyne Mountain. Sponsored ...

Michigan Bishops Release Statement on Immigration

08/04/2011

Stating that it is unfair and mistaken to blame undocumented persons for problems more accurately attributed to a failed federal policy, the seven diocesan Catholic Bishops of Michigan, including Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, have composed a statement on the public policy issue of immigration that is now being sent ...

Bischoff Receives Candidacy

08/02/2011

On Saturday, July 23, Tyler Bischoff was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Eucharistic Liturgy at Sacred Heart Parish in Oscoda by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. Bischoff is one of 13 men who are in seminary formation for the Diocese of Gaylord. The Mass was concelebrated by: Fr. Charlie Donajkowski, Pastor at Sacred Heart in Oscoda and Bischoff’s ...

Register Now for Women's Conference

07/30/2011

Women from across the diocese are invited to gather for a special conference on September 10 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. This is the first conference sponsored by the diocese specifically designed for women. Themed “Feed My Hunger,” Dannie Brzezinski, Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Gaylord, and a steering committee ...

Conference Will Highlight Liturgy and Evangelization

07/25/2011

As celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese of Gaylord continues, a diocesan conference will help us connect Liturgy and Evangelization as we look toward the future to discover how we are “Answering the Call to Continue to Build the Church of Northern Lower Michigan.” The conference will take place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center and St. ...

Diocese marks history; all four diocesan bishops present for 40th Anniversary Mass

07/22/2011

“What a wonderful celebration!” The phrase echoed throughout St. Mary Cathedral and the tents outside as the Diocese of Gaylord celebrated its 40th Anniversary on July 20. The highlight of a year-long slate of activities, the celebration saw more than 1,100 members of this local Church fill the Cathedral for a special Eucharistic Liturgy and family ...

33 Youth Attend 2011 Christian Leadership Institute (CLI)

07/10/2011

Each summer, for more than 15 years, the Diocese of Gaylord has hosted the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) for high school teens. This year, 33 young people gathered for the 2011 CLI at the Kettunen Center in Tustin. The program brings together youth from across the diocese for prayer, worship and activities with the goal of deepening their Catholic ...

Seminarian Tyler Bischoff wins Higgins Lake Race

07/09/2011

Seminarian Tyler Bischoff and Fr. Joseph Muszkiewicz competed in the second annual Higgins Lake Sunrise Run in June. Bischoff won the half marathon in a time of 1:18:41.2 which was a pace of six minutes per mile. Fr. Muszkiewicz ran the 5K race, finishing fifth in his age group with a time of 36:43. Bischoff, from East Tawas, graduated this summer from ...

Tickets for 40th Anniversary Mass and Picnic

07/01/2011

Tickets are now available for the 40th Anniversary Mass and Family Picnic . The liturgy is the highlight event of the year long celebration of the Diocese of Gaylord. Everyone is invited to gather at St. Mary Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord on Wednesday, July 20 . The date corresponds to the actual date of the establishment of the Diocese ...

Two new deacons ordained

06/17/2011

Bishop Bernard Hebda ordained two men deacons for the Diocese of Gaylord during special liturgies earlier this month. Deacon Joseph Ortega was ordained at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey on June 11 and Deacon Peter Wigton was ordained on June 12 at Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar. Now transitional deacons, both men are continuing their discernment ...

Will you accept the challenge?

06/01/2011

As the Diocese of Gaylord continues celebrating our 40th Anniversary, in thanksgiving for all that God has gifted  us and looking forward to the future, the Vocations Advisory Committee is asking everyone (individuals, families, school classes, parish organizations) to make a commitment to regularly pray for Vocations. Will you join us?  Click ...

Girls Gather in Gaylord for Diocesan Vocations Event

05/14/2011

On Saturday, May 7, girls in 7th-12th grade gathered with their mothers for a special Diocesan vocations events for young women in Gaylord. The event was themed “Discovering True Womanhood: How is God Calling You?” and hosted by the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Committee. After being welcomed by Fr. Don Geyman, Director of Vocations, participants spent ...

Annual Catholic Services Appeal is Underway

05/11/2011

On May 15th, the Diocese of Gaylord kicked off the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). This year’s theme, “We are One Body, We Share One Bread,” reminds us of our connection with the universal Church and emphasizes that although we are many, through the Eucharist we are united as one body with Jesus Christ. Established in 1971 by the first Bishop ...

All Women Are Invited to the DCCW Convention

05/04/2011

“Sharing Our Faith” is the theme for the 2011 DCCW Annual Convention to be held on Wednesday, May 18, at St. Mary Cathedral Parish Hall in Gaylord, Michigan. The convention is for all women of the diocese and offers the opportunity to reconnect, to hear inspiring speakers and to learn what new things are happening in the diocese. Typically more than ...

K of C Provides New Ultrasound Machine

05/02/2011

A Chance to Be Heard By Sarah Moore Kuschell Many mothers can recall the distinct moment when they first heard their child’s heartbeat. Fathers and mothers often both proudly display the very first photo of their expected child. These life-long memories are made possible by ultrasound machines. Women and men who find themselves facing an unplanned ...

Neff Family Joins Church at Easter Vigil

05/02/2011

ROGERS CITY -- The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 23, at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rogers City was a special one for the Neff family, who live in Hawks just outside of Rogers City, in Presque Isle County. That night, Torrey and Kendra Neff, along with daughters Kaitlin, 7, Rebecca, 6, and Samantha, 3, were each baptized into the Catholic faith. ...

Diocese Receives Grant from Catholic Home Missions

04/25/2011

The Diocese of Gaylord has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Home Missions Office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The funds will be used to supplement several ministries in our diocese as well as to help with expenses for educating our seminarians. A collection to support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal is typically ...

Bishop Hebda's Easter Message

04/23/2011

I have had the undeserved privilege of celebrating Easter in some of the most famous and important sites in Christendom (St. Peter’s in Rome, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, St. Basil’s in Red Square, St. Patrick’s in New York City, to mention but a few) and in some of the most picturesque spots in the world (in a Baroque Abbey nestled ...

Divine Mercy Sunday and Beatification of John Paul II is May 1

04/20/2011

This year Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on May 1. Because the date has much significance in the life of Venerable Pope John Paul II, it was also selected as the date for his beatification. During his homily at the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina Kowalski, a countrywoman from his native Poland, on April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II highlighted ...

Prescription Drug "Take Back Day" is April 30

04/19/2011

Be the Solution: National Take Back Day is April 30The abuse of prescription drugs has become epidemic. This is not just an issue that is happening to someone else, somewhere else, it is here in our northern Michigan communities. It is killing our children AND our senior adults. Though prescription drug abuse profoundly affects people ages 16 to 26, ...

Bishop Hebda Appointed Advisor

04/14/2011

On April 14, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Bernard A. Hebda as an advisor to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He was the only American appointed. While in Rome, Bishop Hebda had worked in the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts since 1996, and had served as Undersecretary from 2003 until he was named Bishop of the Diocese ...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

04/10/2011

April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month” by Presidential proclamation in 1985. Since then, organizations throughout the country have used this special time each year to acknowledge the important of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its forms. Child abuse and neglect remains a national problem. According ...

Catholic Relief Services Collection Provides International Relief

03/26/2011

Each year on the fourth weekend of Lent, the Catholic Relief Services Collection is taken up in most dioceses across the country. In the Diocese of Gaylord, instead of a special collection, a donation is made to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on behalf of the faithful of this diocese from gifts to the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). CRS supports ...

US Bishops Reiterate Commitment to Protecting Children

03/25/2011

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, reiterated the U.S. bishops’ resolve to deal firmly with clerics who abuse children in a statement on March 22.            He highlighted and endorsed efforts by bishops, clergy and laity to implement the Charter for the Protection of Children ...

Parishes Gather for Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

03/15/2011

On Sunday, March 13, Bishop Bernard Hebda presided over the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and welcomed those who will become new Catholics during the Easter Season. Traditionally held the First Sunday of Lent, this year’s celebration was the first in recent history to unite the two rites, bringing ...

CSA Supports Collection for Central and Eastern Europe

03/04/2011

The national Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will take place in many parishes across the country on Ash Wednesday, March 9. In the Diocese of Gaylord, a donation will be made on behalf of parishioners from gifts received through the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). With the theme “Great Needs Remain,” the collection seeks ...

Teresa Tomeo will speak at Baraga Radio Fundraiser

03/04/2011

Baraga Broadcasting, Catholic radio for Northern Michigan, has invited Teresa Tomeo to speak at its 3rd annual Spring Fundraiser, Friday, May 6, 2011, at Treetops Resort Conference Center in Gaylord. Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with nearly 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper. ...

Vocation of Marriage Celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral

02/20/2011

The Fourth Annual Marriage Enrichment Dinner in celebration of World Marriage Day was held at St. Mary Cathedral on February 12. The celebration followed the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic liturgy, with more than 100 couples from across the diocese joining in the festivities. The Cathedral Parish Hall was transformed into a romantic setting and guests were greeted ...

Seminarian Peter Wigton Takes Oath of Fidelity

02/12/2011

On February 5, 2011, seminarian Peter Wigton of the Diocese of Gaylord made the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Fidelity in the presence of the seminary community at the Pontifical College Josephinum in preparation for ordination to the diaconate. Candidates for ordination pledge to always remain faithful to the teachings of the Church and, ...

Principal Bob Kellogg Shares "What Catholic Schools Mean to Me"

02/04/2011

Reflections by Bob Kellogg, Principal at St. Ann Catholic School, Cadillac As I write this, Catholic Schools Week is less than a week away and I am thinking about what it has meant to me, especially because it has affected me personally in so many ways. I have been particularly fortunate to have been part of St. Ann School in Cadillac in a variety of ...

Celebrating Catholic Schools by Superintendent Charles Taylor

01/30/2011

"There is more to education than simply attaining knowledge.""Catholic Schools: A+ for America " is this year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week. The theme is intended to draw attention to the overwhelming evidence of Catholic schools’ positive contributions to society over the past century. This year’s press release from the National ...

Vocations Contest Winners Announced

01/25/2011

In preparation for National Vocations Awareness Week 2011, young people from across the Diocese of Gaylord were invited to create artwork illustrating a Prayer for Vocations written by Bishop Bernard Hebda. In total, over 300 entries were received across the five age divisions which included K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and young adults 18-25. Preliminary selections ...

40th Anniversary Kicks off with Vocations Event

01/18/2011

The Diocese of Gaylord opened a year-long celebration of its 40th Anniversary and the annual observance of National Vocations Awareness Week on January 8, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, with a special event at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.Bishop Bernard Hebda presided at the Eucharistic Liturgy with Fr. Dennis Stilwell, Fr. James Bearss, Fr. ...

Cowan Instituted as Lector

01/18/2011

On Sunday, 16 January 2011, fifty-four seminarians of the Pontifical North American College in Rome were instituted to the Ministry of Lector during a celebration of the Eucharist. Matthew Cowan, a seminarian of the Diocese of Gaylord, who is his first year of theological studies, was among those instituted. Matt and his family are members of Cross ...

Day of Prayer and Penance for LIfe

01/17/2011

Since 2002, January 22nd has been designated by the U.S. Bishops as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The date corresponds to the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision to legalize abortion ...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

01/16/2011

Each year at this time, the worldwide observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place. This practice was begun in the Episcopal Church at Graymoor in New York’s Hudson Valley by Father Paul James Wattson who co-founded the Franciscan religious congregations comprising the Society of the Atonement with Lurana Mary White. One of Wattson’s ...

22 Gather for St. Andrew Task Force Retreat

01/12/2011

Twenty-two high school men from around the diocese gathered at St. Mary Cathedral School in January for the annual St. Andrew Task Force Retreat. The theme for this year’s weekend was “Nothing but Net,” using a popular sports phrase to encourage the young men to focus on goals that lead to lasting happiness. Fr. Don Geyman, Director of Vocations ...

Northern Michigan Business Donates Property to St. Mary Cathedral

01/06/2011

The Christmas season brought a special gift to the Diocese of Gaylord and St. Mary Cathedral. Alpena Supply Company/Great Lakes Pipe & Supply has made a generous donation of facilities located next to the St. Mary Cathedral School. Company President and Owner Bill Kelly of Alpena said his company made the donation “in honor of our customers and ...

Youth help young adults in quest to attend World Youth Day

01/03/2011

Boyne Valley Catholic Community Junior High Youth Ministry program demonstrated a unique understanding of what it means to be part of a diocese, indeed, the universal Catholic Church, when they decided to support young adults planning to join Pope Benedict XVI for the upcoming World Youth Day. Through a fundraiser named “Cookies for Madrid,” the junior ...

Migrant families focus of National Migration Week 2011

12/31/2010

Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice is the primary theme for the 2011 National Migration Week, being held January 2-8 in parishes and dioceses around the country.Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, who has focused on migrant families in his 2011 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message, the U.S. Catholic bishops focus this year’s National Migration ...

Bishop Hebda's Christmas Message

12/24/2010

“She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) In many Catholic parishes throughout the country, particularly in areas that have seen immigration from Mexico, young children dressed as Joseph and Mary and the townsfolk of Bethlehem will reenact Las Posadas—the search for shelter ...

Attention High School Young Men: Join Us for a Special Retreat

12/03/2010

High school boys (grades 9-12) from across the diocese are invited to the fifth annual St. Andrew Task Force Retreat to be held at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord January 7-9, 2011. This year’s retreat is themed, “Nothing but Net: What are your goals in life?” and will encourage participants to consider how they might live as faithful Catholic ...

Diocese Seeks Artwork to Promote Vocations Awareness

12/01/2010

As the Diocese prepares to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, one of the first events in the new year will be Vocations Awareness Week. In past years, students throughout the diocese have participated in contests highlighting vocations awareness. Previous contests have included posters, cartoons, videos, window slicks, and prayer cards. To help celebrate ...

Give to the Retirement Fund for Religious

12/01/2010

Think back. Is there a religious priest, brother or sister in your past who helped you realize a goal; taught you a lesson; encouraged you to face a challenge? Are there religious men or women who helped build your faith, strengthen your character, and without whom you’d be a very different person today? Those faithful men and women of our youth are ...

Diocese of Gaylord joins Holy Father in Vigil for Human Life

11/28/2010

On Saturday, November 27th at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a “Vigil for All Nascent [beginning to develop or exist] Human Life” coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. The Holy Father had also requested that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations ...

Diocese Found in Compliance with National Charter

11/19/2010

In a letter from William Gavin of the Gavin Group, Inc., Bishop Bernard Hebda has been informed that the Diocese of Gaylord remains in compliance with the mandates of the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Gavin Group is an independent agency contracted by the USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) ...

Over 450 participate in Senior Expos

11/18/2010

The Diocese of Gaylord and Catholic Human Services, along with local health care providers and senior service agencies, teamed up once again to provide seniors, caregivers, families and friends access to health screenings and information for services available through area organizations. The 2010 Senior Expos were held in Alpena and Cheboygan last month, ...

Seminarians Installed

11/14/2010

The Institution of Readers and Acolytes took place at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, November 7. The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory (center) of the Archdiocese of Atlanta was the principal celebrant. William MacMaster (left) received the ministry of Reader, while Bryan Medlin (right) received the ministry of Acolyte. ...

Prayers Encouraged for Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”)

11/12/2010

Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to honor the cloistered and monastic life on Pro Orantibus Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, November 21, 2010. “The primary purpose of Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”) is to thank God for the tremendous gift of the cloistered and monastic vocation in the Church’s life,” noted Fr. Thomas ...

Diocese Bids Final Farewell to Fr. Walter Marek

11/10/2010

Reverend Walter Marek, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Traverse City on November 10, 2010. Fr. Walter was born September 29, 1918 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, the only son of Karl Bedrich and Marie (Weihrauch) Marek. He attended grade school in Horní Jelení in Czechoslovakia and at the age of nine he began violin lessons. At the age of eleven ...

Official Diocesan Appointment

11/09/2010

The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord has announced the following appointment: Effective November 6, 2010 Reverend Joseph A. Blasko from C haplain to the Carmelite Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Traverse City to Diocesan Archivist, with residence at and providing pastoral care for St. Mary Parish in Grayling. ...

White Mass Honored Those in Healthcare Profession

11/01/2010

Catholic medical professionals from across the Diocese of Gaylord joined Bishop Bernard Hebda and parishioners of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord for a special “White Mass” on October 24. Traditionally celebrated in many dioceses close to October 18th, the Feast Day of St. Luke, the Patron Saint of Physicians and Surgeons, it is believed to be the first ...

Seasonal Space Enhancement Seminars Planned

10/28/2010

All who are involved in decorating their parish worship space are encouraged to attend one of the regional seminars being offered by the Office of Worship and Liturgy. Each 2-1/2 hour session will be presented by Fr. Duane Wachowiak, Director of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Gaylord. This is specifically a class for anyone who works with “decorating” ...

St. Francis Named One of Top 50 Catholic Schools in United States

10/25/2010

During a special visit to St. Francis High School in Traverse City on October 25, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda announced to the faculty and students that St. Francis has again been named to the National Catholic School Honor Roll as one of the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. This is the second time St. Francis High School has received ...

New Vocations Poster Encourages Prayer for Vocations

10/24/2010

Seminarians for the Diocese of Gaylord have returned to school and resumed their studies while here at home parishioners continue to pray for them and for others who are being called to the priesthood or consecrated life. To assist in that endeavor the Vocations Office has distributed the 2010-2011 Vocations Poster to parishes, schools and Knights of ...

World Mission Sunday

10/20/2010

World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Each year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October.In his message for the 84thd World Mission ...

Onaway Native is Campus Minister at MSU

10/14/2010

Katie Diller went through her undergradute and postgraduate years in college thinking she was going to have a career in genetics. However, as she was pursuing her studies, the Onaway native kept getting the feeling that she was meant to do something else. "I couldn't shake the sense that I was meant to serve the Church," Diller said. That ...

Mass Will Honor Health Care Workers

10/06/2010

Bishop Bernard Hebda will be the celebrant for a Eucharist Liturgy in appreciation for those who serve in the health care profession. Often referred to as a "White Mass," it is traditionally celebrated on or near the Feast of St. Luke. It is called a White Mass because health care workers traditionally wore white attire and white is a symbol ...

Senior Expos Planned for Alpena and Cheboygan

09/25/2010

Everyone is invited to the 2010 Senior Expos to be held in October in Alpena and Cheboygan. These annual events attract hundreds of area seniors and those who care for them, providing an abundance of health and wellness information, resources and assistance available in their local communities. Coordinated by Catholic Human Services in collaboration ...

Mass will honor religious

09/23/2010

Bishop Bernard Hebda invites everyone to a Mass honoring all religious and celebrating this year's Golden Jubilarians: Sr. Rita Epple, RSM; Sister Marita MacNall, OP; and Sister Bonnie Woods, RSM.The Mass will take place Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 606 North Ohio Avenue in Gaylord.  ...

Bishop Hebda joins new bishops in Rome

09/22/2010

Did you feel any special graces last week?   Last Monday, September 13th, in the course of a required program for new bishops from around the world, popularly known as “Baby Bishop’s School,” Pope Benedict XVI offered a special Apostolic blessing to the “priests, religious men and women, seminarians and faithful of [our] Diocese.”  It was the ...

NMCF Weekend

09/15/2010

This year marks the 12th anniversary of The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF). To commemorate the occasion the weekend of September 18 and 19, 2010, has been designated NMCF Weekend. The NMCF is an endowment-based fiduciary body that supports the Catholic ministries here in northern Michigan. The NMCF allows donors to designate their gift ...

Mass to Celebrate Ministry of St. Vincent de Paul Societies

09/12/2010

St. Vincent de Paul said, “Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?” Bishop Bernard Hebda invites the faithful from throughout the Diocese of Gaylord to a Mass celebrating the ministry of our Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul ...

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Shares Thoughts

09/07/2010

"As regards our school here; it is now in good condition"Writing from his mission at L’Arbre Croche in 1832 (located between Cross Village and Harbor Springs) Bishop Baraga (at that time Father Baraga) entered into his journal: “As regards our school here, it is now in good condition. We have more than 60 pupils, boys and girls; the boys ...

New School Year Begins

09/07/2010

As school bells ring out the official opening of the 2010-2011 school year, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Gaylord are prepared to welcome nearly 3,000 children into the classrooms. They join over two million students nationwide whose families have chosen a Catholic education. Pope John Paul II said, “Community is at the heart of all Catholic education, ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

08/16/2010

The Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord announces the following appointments:Effective August 4, 2010 Rev. Artur Duchnowicz was reassigned as Pastor of St. Ignatius in Rogers City, St. Casimir in Posen and St. Dominic in Metz. (Sr. Rita Epple continues as Pastoral Administrator of St. Dominic in Metz and Fr. Peter Eke will ...

Diocese Mourns Passing of Fr. Clarence Smolinski

08/11/2010

Reverend Clarence Dominic Smolinski entered eternal life on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Tendercare in Alpena at the age of 84. Father Smolinski was born August 4, 1926 to Stanislaus and Augustina (Klein) Smolinski. He attended Alpena and Presque Isle County Public and St. Mary Elementary Schools and Posen High School for three years, then Northeastern ...

New Diocesan Youth Council Formed

08/10/2010

Twenty-one young people from across the Diocese gathered at St. Ann in Frankfort this month for a spiritual retreat. The retreat marked the first gathering of the Gaylord Diocesan Youth Council (GDYC). Br. Michael Whitman led the youth and thirteen adults which included diocesan leadership, parish youth ministers and mentors on a weekend of prayer, ...

Altar Server Appreciation Day

08/04/2010

Approximately 250 altar servers and chaperones gathered in Gaylord for the annual Altar Server Appreciation Day. Sponsored by the Diocese of Gaylord and Knights of Columbus Councils, the day is planned annually by the Vocations Advisory Committee to recognize and thank altar servers for their ministry in parishes throughout the diocese, as well as to ...

Matt Cowan Admitted to Candidacy

08/04/2010

On Saturday, July 31, Matthew Cowan was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Eucharistic Liturgy at his home parish of Cross in the Woods, Indian River, by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. Cowan is one of ten seminarians currently preparing for priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord. Fr. Michael Fowler, OFM, Pastor at Cross in the Woods and Fr. ...

Diocese and NAFC Offer Initiation Workshop

08/01/2010

In partnership with The North American Forum on the Catechumenate and the Diocese of Gaylord, Focus on Initiation: Purification & Enlightenment will be presented August 19 and 20, 2010 (Thursday & Friday), at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. Participants will be provided opportunities to learn skills and techniques that are critical ...

Youth Grow in Faith; Learn Leadership Skills

07/20/2010

Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) 2010 was once again a huge success! Thirty-one teens from across the diocese gathered for a week to delve into Christian Leadership skills through workshops on communication, group dynamics, conflict/resolution, planning skills and community building. The institute is far more than just “teaching” skills, however. ...

Altar Servers from Throughout Diocese Will Gather in Gaylord

07/14/2010

Final plans are being made for the fifth annual Altar Server Appreciation Day. Sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Committee, the event brings together altar servers from across the diocese for an afternoon of fun in recognition of their dedicated ministry to the Church. On behalf of Bishop Bernard Hebda, approximately 1,000 invitations ...

World Youth Day Fundraiser

07/10/2010

On July 1, a beautiful summer evening, approximately 50 people gathered for dinner and a show to support Vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord. The effort was a benefit particularly planned to raise money to enable young adults to attend World Youth Day. In 1984, Pope John Paul II announced 1985 as a Jubilee year for the Catholic Church. In an effort ...

Praga Celebrates 125th Anniversary

07/06/2010

One hundred people filled St. John Nepomucene Church in Praga on Saturday, June 26, in celebration of the historic stone church’s 125th anniversary. Bishop Bernard A. Hebda was the celebrant for a Eucharistic Liturgy with Fr. Duane Wachowiak, Pastor of the parish and Fr. David DuPuis, who has provided Sacramental ministry to the parish over the years, ...

SATF Serves in Traverse City

06/30/2010

For the past two summers, young men with the St. Andrew Task Force travelled to Detroit to serve at the Soup Kitchen run by the Capuchin Franciscans. This summer, the annual mission trip focused on service within our own backyard as participants took on projects at the Father Fred Foundation, Immaculate Conception, and the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse ...

National Workshop Begins Preparation for Diocese’s Priests, leaders

06/22/2010

The Diocese of Gaylord was well represented at a recent workshop in Grand Rapids as the United States prepares to receive the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. Hosted by the Diocese of Grand Rapids at their Cathedral Square Center, the workshop was one of 22 being held throughout the country over the coming months on the implementation of the revisions ...

Jr. High Gather for SATF Retreat

06/20/2010

Twenty Junior High boys from across the Diocese of Gaylord gathered at St. Mary's School in Gaylord June 11-13 for a St. Andrew Task Force Junior High Retreat. The group focused on the theme "Casting Out into the Deep Water." A highlight of the retreat was attending the priestly ordination of Deacons Sylvestre Obwaka and Gerald Okoli. The experience ...

Don't Miss Statewide Men's Conference

06/07/2010

Dynamic speakers and men’s fellowship are on tap for the first ever statewide Men’s Conference to be held Saturday, June 26 at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the event organizers hope to attract a record crowd for the day-long conference, setting a goal of more than 9,000 men to attend. If ...

Carmelite Nuns in Alcona County

06/06/2010

Reports of sightings of Carmelite nuns in the area of the Huron National Forest are not idle rumors. The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Archdiocese of Detroit last year acquired 91 acres of beautiful wooded property in Alcona County, with two little summer houses which they are renovating as hermitages. "One of the unique things about Carmel," ...

Tawas Parishioners Visit Guatemala Missions

05/24/2010

Thirteen members of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, accompanied by their Pastor Fr. Charlie Donajkowski, completed a parish pilgrimage to Guatemala last month. They made this spiritual, emotional and physical journey to see and learn more about their sister mission there, Senora Ana’s Nutritional Center of Guatemala City. The parish has ...

Diocesan Women Hold Convention; Elect New Officers

05/23/2010

“Following our Shepherds” was the theme of the 38th annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held May 19. The event brought 200 women from across the diocese to St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. The convention opened with prayer led by June Duby and the Presentation of the Colors by the Daughters of Isabella #975 from Alpena. ...

Evert Shares Chastity Message with over 1000

05/20/2010

It began with a simple question. “How much would it take to bring Jason Evert here?” This question, planted as a seed in the winter of 2009, grew roots within host schools and parishes, broke ground through a unified planning committee, and fully blossomed last week in the fields of Petoskey and Traverse City. Jason Evert, a nationally known chastity ...

May is Mental Illness Awareness Month

05/15/2010

In his Message for the 14th World Day of the Sick in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “On this occasion, the Church intends to bow down over those who suffer with special concern, calling the attention of public opinion to the problems connected with mental disturbance that now afflicts one-fifth of humanity and is a real social-health care emergency. ...

Seminarian Bryan Medlin will participate in "The Rome Experience"

05/01/2010

Bryan Medlin, one of the seminarians for the Diocese of Gaylord who is currently studying at the Pontifical College of the Josephinum, has been accepted into “The Rome Experience.” This six-week intensive summer program seeks to help seminarians build strength of purpose, teach them how to live a practical spirituality, and create a strong pattern ...

Religious Sisters Honored, Vocations Encouraged

04/27/2010

Two gatherings were held this month in the Diocese of Gaylord to both honor the religious sisters serving in our 21 counties and to encourage young women to consider this wonderful calling. The events were initiated through the diocesan Vocations Office and made possible, in part, by contributions to the Catholic Services Appeal. Religious sisters ...

DCCW Plans Annual Convention

04/21/2010

All women are invited to participate in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Annual Convention to be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at St. Mary Cathedral Parish Hall in Gaylord. The theme for this year’s convention is “Following our Shepherds” and will feature speakers: Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Bishop of Gaylord; Fr. Wayne Dziekan, Director ...

Plan now to Participate in Statewide Catholic Men's Conference

04/20/2010

Dynamic speakers and men’s fellowship are on tap for the first ever statewide Men’s Conference to be held Saturday, June 26 at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the event organizers hope to attract a record crowd for the day-long conference, setting a goal of more than 9,000 men to attend. If ...

Diocese Mourns Passing of Fr. Bill Zwiefka

04/19/2010

Reverend William Lewis Zwiefka, 53, entered eternal life on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Fr. Bill was born June 29, 1956 in Manistee, Michigan to William and Patricia (Osborn) Zwiefka. He attended Jefferson, Oak Hill and Guardian Angels Elementary Schools and was a graduate of Manistee Catholic Central High School. He attended Michigan State University ...

Sr. Barbara Hubeny "Retires"

04/05/2010

Thousands have crossed the threshold of the Augustine Center in Conway to be greeted by Sr. Barbara Hubeny, OP, who has served as the director of the Center for the past 24 years. In January, Sr. Barbara officially retired, but is continuing at the Augustine Center as the Director of Development in a volunteer capacity. Her retirement also provides ...

Easter Greetings from Bishop Bernard A. Hebda

04/04/2010

Stay with us, Lord! (cf. Luke 24:29) With these words, the disciples on the road to Emmaus invited their mysterious fellow traveler to stay with them as the sun was setting on that first Easter Day. The words spoken by the unknown Wayfarer had made their hearts burn within them. It was only after he disappeared, however, that they came to recognize ...

Bishop Hebda joins K of C in Encouraging <br>Novena for Pope Benedict XVI

04/04/2010

On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Seeking strength ...

Child Abuse Protection Month

04/02/2010

April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month” by Presidential proclamation in 1985. Since then, organizations throughout the country have used this special time each year to acknowledge the important of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its forms. Child abuse and neglect remains a national problem. ...

Divine Mercy Sunday

04/02/2010

During his homily at the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina Kowalski on April 30, 2000, the Servant of God Pope John Paul II highlighted the message of mercy manifested to that well-loved Saint in the course of her short life. He declared, moreover, that the Second Sunday of Easter would hence be known throughout the Church as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” ...

Women's Vocations: How are you being called?

04/02/2010

Interested in learning more about vocations for women? Two opportunities are being offered Saturday, April 10, 2010. Both are open to everyone, with a particular focus for women age 16-45. Sr. Mary Esther Nickel of the Alma Sisters of Mercy will be the primary speaker, sharing some of the exciting options being a woman religious can offer. Other ...

The Celebration of the Holy Triduum

03/31/2010

The Holy Triduum, or Paschal Triduum, is the period of three days from sundown on Holy Thursday until evening prayer on Easter Sunday. The liturgies of the Triduum are considered one three-day service, as they all flow together to proclaim the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. They are considered the most holy and solemn days of the Roman ...

Chrism Mass Celebrated at Cathedral of St. Mary

03/31/2010

More than 1,000 gathered at St. Mary Cathedral as the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, presided at the Eucharistic Celebration with the Blessing of Oils and Consecration of Chrism on Tuesday, March 30. Bishop Emeritus Patrick R. Cooney and some 48 priests from throughout the diocese concelebrated. The annual Chrism Mass ...

Youth Share Ideas, Concerns at Youth Congress2010

03/29/2010

More than 150 youth and adults gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord for Youth Congress2010 in March. The primary purpose for the event was to hear directly from the youth about how the Church might better serve them as well as ways the youth might employ their own gifts in service to the Lord. Youth Congress2010 was also planned to lay ...

"Angel Blankets" Bring Comfort Thousands of Miles Away

03/23/2010

The Least of My Children by Margaret Wasilewski It all begins with fabric and a sewing machine. Anyone who has ever sewn a garment, a baby blanket or a quilt realizes that with each fabric choice, with each spool of thread, with each needle piercing through to the bobbin below, each project we create carries with it a part of our very soul. As ...

Early Deadline Approaching to Register for World Youth Day 2011

03/23/2010

Every three years our Pope invites young adults from around the world to join him for a time of prayer, catechesis, and reflection. The site for World Youth Day 2011 is Madrid, Spain. Bishop Hebda has made this event a priority in his schedule. With enthusiasm he has issued an invitation to young adults from across our Diocese to consider participating ...

Bishops Encourage Vigilance Regarding Health Care Reform

03/23/2010

The U.S. bishops today called on Congress and people in the Catholic community to make sure promises are kept that new health care legislation will not expand abortions in the United States. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the statement March 23, moments after President Barack ...

U.S. Bishops Oppose Senate Heath Care Reform Bill

03/15/2010

Today Cardinal Francis George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the statement below regarding the state of health care reform. For further information on the U.S. Catholic Church's position on Health Care Reform, as well as links to write your Congressmen to encourage them to vote against the current bill and ...

Dr. Ray Guarendi to Provide Keynote for Fundraiser

03/05/2010

Baraga Broadcasting invites devotees and supporters of Catholic radio in Northern Michigan to attend a fundraising dinner on Friday, April 16, at Holy Childhood Parish Hall in Harbor Springs. The evening event will include an elegant dinner followed by a presentation by keynote speaker, Dr. Ray Guarendi. Since Fall of 2003, Baraga Broadcasting has ...

Diocese Seeks Input from Youth

02/25/2010

The Diocese of Gaylord has announced plans to hold a “Youth Congress” on March 20 Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. Dannie Brzezinski, Director of the Secretariat for Faith Development, cited the day as an opportunity to employ our youth in actively building their faith. In a letter sent to all parishes and schools of the diocese, Brzezinski ...

God's Plan Continues to Unfold at Rite of Election

02/23/2010

On Sunday, February 21, the First Sunday of Lent, Bishop Bernard Hebda presided at the Rite of Election at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. During the ceremony forty-four people from twenty-one parishes across the Diocese were formally welcomed as catechumens. Early in Church history, God chose a people and established a covenant with them. Today, ...

Operation Rice Bowl A Lenten Tradition

02/10/2010

Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), Catholic Relief Services’ annual Lenten program that begins on Ash Wednesday (which falls on February 17 this year), offers Catholics in the United States an opportunity to learn about our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Begun in 1975 in the Diocese of Allentown, PA as a response to the drought in the African Sahel, ...

Sign up Now for World Youth Day 2011

02/08/2010

"You, dear young people, are the hope of the Church! She hopes that you will make yourselves messengers of hope,” is the message of Pope Benedict XVI to young adults, encouraging them to come together for World Youth Day. Young adults of the Diocese of Gaylord (ages 18 – 35) are invited to join Bishop Bernard Hebda for a pilgrimage to World Youth ...

Rite of Election to Welcome and Pray for Catechumens

02/06/2010

All the faithful in the Diocese of Gaylord are invited to attend The Rite of Election which will take place Sunday, February 21, 2010, 4:00 p.m., at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Bishop Bernard A. Hebda will preside. On this first Sunday of Lent, individuals from over 20 parishes within our Diocese will be formally welcomed as catechumens. Early ...

U.S. House Recognizes Contributions of Catholic Schools to Nation

01/31/2010

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring the contributions of Catholic schools to the nation. The resolution comes in time for Catholic Schools Week, January 31 - February 6, 2010. It recognizes the academic and moral excellence instilled in students and congratulates schools for contributing to a brighter, stronger future ...

Adoration Impacts St. Francis High School

01/31/2010

"The Church and the world have a great need for adoration because this is what will bring about God's kingdom on earth and an everlasting peace to all mankind.” (Pope John Paul II). Recently Catholic Schools across the United States celebrated how a Catholic education provides “Dividends for Life.” Catholic schools not only strive to offer ...

Spiritual Bouquets Spring Up

01/19/2010

During Vocations Awareness Week (Jan 10 – 16), schools in the Diocese of Gaylord were invited to grow “Spiritual Bouquets” for their priests. In past years, the diocesan Vocations Committee has hosted a contest during the annual week highlighting vocations, but in this Year of the Priest, decided to encourage special expressions of appreciation ...

Church Responds to Earthquake in Haiti

01/15/2010

Parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord will join with those across the United States this weekend to take up a special collection to aid the relief efforts following the massive earthquake which struck Haiti on January 12. In a letter to the Catholic faithful in northern Lower Michigan, Bishop Bernard Hebda said, “Trusting that the Lord always blesses ...

Gerald Okoli Ordained Deacon

01/12/2010

Gerald Chigbogu Okoli was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Holy Childhood Church, Harbor Springs. Rev. Joseph Graff, Pastor of the Catholic Communities of L'Arbre Croche which includes the parish of Holy Childhood, welcomed the congregation before the liturgy and spoke of Gerald as a “wonderfully ...

Help Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform

01/11/2010

In a nationwide call to Catholics to prevent health care reform from being derailed by the abortion lobby, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements to almost 19,000 parishes across the country. “As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the ...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

01/09/2010

January 18-25, 2010 is the annual worldwide observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This practice was begun in the Episcopal Church at Graymoor in New York’s Hudson Valley by Father Paul James Wattson who co-founded the Franciscan religious congregations comprising the Society of the Atonement with Lurana Mary White. One of Wattson’s ...

"Ten Things that Promote Vocations"

01/05/2010

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week January 10-16. To encourage Catholics to foster vocations, Father David Toups, interim director of the Office of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers “Ten Things” Catholics can do to promote vocations to ...

Pope Benedict's Message for World Day of Peace

01/01/2010

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2010 IF YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE PEACE, PROTECT CREATION 1. At the beginning of this New Year, I wish to offer heartfelt greetings of peace to all Christian communities, international leaders, and people of good will throughout the world. For ...

Gerald Okoli to be ordained deacon

12/30/2009

On Saturday, January 9, Gerald Chigbogu Okoli will be ordained a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda during the 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic celebration at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs. All of the faithful are invited to participate. Born to Hyacinth and Agnes Okoli on August 27, 1969 in Ezikwo ...

Top Ten Stories of 2004

12/30/2009

Each year, we take a moment to look back and reflect on the past year. Below are some of the major events and activities of the Diocese of Gaylord in 2004. Bishop Cooney’s Ad Limina Visit – The Vatican requests diocesan bishops prepare a complete report covering all activities taking place in their dioceses every five years. Bishop Cooney ...

Bishop Hebda's Christmas Message

12/24/2009

Christ is born, glorify him! Christ came from heaven, welcome Him! Christ is on earth, exalt!                                                     St. Gregory Nazianzen                                                      Homily on the Nativity As ...

Delegation to Travel to Matagalpa

12/20/2009

The distance from Gaylord to our sister diocese of Matagalpa in Nicaragua is about 2,000 miles, so we can't meet face to face as often as we would like. And, as the basis for everything we do together is built upon establishing relationships, that is a problem. After all, just getting Catholics within the geographically huge Gaylord Diocese (which includes ...

Plan now to attend St. Andrew Task Force Retreat

12/17/2009

The fourth annual St. Andrew Task Force Retreat is scheduled on January 8-10, 2010 at Holy Childhood Church, Harbor Springs. The weekend will bring together young men (grades 9-12) from around the diocese to encounter Jesus, find support in their faith commitment and to have fun! St. Andrew Task Force is a service organization dedicated to exploring ...

Welcome Bishop Hebda

12/07/2009

On Tuesday, December 1, Bernard A. Hebda was ordained and installed as the Fourth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Pope Benedict XVI named the new bishop on October 7. He succeeds Bishop Patrick R. Cooney, who retired after serving the Diocese for 20 years. On the eve of the Ordination, Bishop Hebda made his Profession of Faith and ...

Bishop Cooney Bids Farewell

11/10/2009

On Sunday, November 8, Bishop Patrick R. Cooney offered a fond farewell to the faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord as he presided over a special Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. The celebration was planned in honor of Bishop Cooney’s 20 years of service as Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord and 50th anniversary of his ordination to ...

Pope names Rev. Msgr. Bernard Hebda Fourth Bishop of Gaylord

11/08/2009

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has named the Reverend Monsignor Bernard A. Hebda, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts at the Vatican, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Hebda, 50, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will become the fourth bishop of Gaylord succeeding ...

Bishop Cooney's Journey to the Philippines

11/04/2009

Gaylord Bishop Patrick R. Cooney was elected to the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors in 2004. As a member of the Board, one of his responsibilities is to make an annual visit to a region where CRS is at work. Last year, Bishop Cooney made the trek to Africa. In September, he traveled to the Philippines. Here we share details of his trip, ...

DCCW Fall Workshop

11/03/2009

The annual Fall Workshop was held at St. Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday, October 14th. Approximately 80 ladies from throughout the diocese attended the day-long event which is designed to provide an opportunity to gather for spiritual development and enrichment as well as a time of fellowship. The theme for this year’s workshop was “The Year for Our ...

URGENT: Nationwide USCCB Effort on Health Care Reform

10/30/2009

In an extraordinary call to Catholics to prevent health care reform from being derailed by the abortion lobby, the United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent bulletin inserts to almost 19,000 parishes across the country. A copy of the insert can be downloaded below. “Health care reform should be about saving lives, not destroying them,” ...

Call to Continuing Conversion

10/20/2009

On Sunday, October 18, ten candidates, along with their sponsors, parish leadership, family and friends gathered at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord for the “Call to Continuing Conversion.” They represented several parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop Patrick Cooney presided with Deacon John Falicki serving as Deacon for the ceremony which ...

Diocese Mourns the Loss of Fr. Isadore Mikulski

10/07/2009

Fr. Isadore Mikulski, a much beloved priest of the Diocese of Gaylord passed away on Tuesday, October 6 at Saginaw St. Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw, MI. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 8 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, MI with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be offered on Friday, ...

Call to Continuing Conversion

09/28/2009

Bishop Patrick Cooney invites all of the faithful from the Diocese of Gaylord to celebrate The Call to Continuing Conversion on Sunday, October 18, at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord at 4:00 PM. This liturgy is a tremendous way to support and encourage those individuals from northern Michigan who are ready to continue on their faith journey. These ...

Retreat to Focus on "Everyday Epiphanies"

09/17/2009

All women are invited to participate in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Silent Retreat October 16-18, 2009 at the Augustine Center in Conway. The theme for this year’s gathering will be “Everyday Epiphanies” lead by Sr. Rita Epple, RSM. Sr. Rita currently serves in the Diocese of Gaylord as the Pastoral Administrator for St. Dominic ...

NMCF Weekend

09/03/2009

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the inception of The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF). To commemorate the occasion, the weekend of September 12 and 13, 2009, has been designated NMCF Weekend. The NMCF is an endowment-based fiduciary body that supports the Catholic ministries here in northern Michigan. The NMCF allows donors ...

Study Materials Available for "Caritas In Veritate"

08/19/2009

On June 29, 2009 -- the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI issued his third encyclical: Caritas In Veritate (Charity in Truth). John Carr, Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD), said the pope’s encyclical “offers a ...

Learn about Catholic Burial

08/17/2009

Diane Gray, Office Manager of Oakwood Catholic Cemetery in Traverse City, and Fr. Wayne Dziekan, Director of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace, will present workshops on Catholic Burial practices on the following dates at the listed locations:Wednesday, August 19, St. Ann Parish, Cadillac Thursday, August 20, Christ the King Parish, Acme Tuesday, ...

550 Enjoy Altar Server Appreciation Day

08/07/2009

Over 550 altar servers, chaperones and seminarians gathered for the 4th Annual Altar Server Appreciation Day. Sponsored by the Diocese of Gaylord and Knights of Columbus Councils, the event brought altar servers from 42 parishes to Traverse City from throughout the diocese for a picnic followed by attendance at a Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game. ...

Funeral Arrangements for Fr. Jim Mausolf

08/06/2009

Reverend James Henry Mausolf entered eternal life on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at his home in Traverse City at the age of 84. Father Mausolf was born April 13, 1925 to George and Eleanore (Kranz) Mausolf in Harbor Beach, Michigan. He attended Rock Falls Grade School and Our Lady of Lake Huron High School in Harbor Beach. He went on to St. Lawrence ...

Permanent Deacon Ministry in Action – Tom Bousamra, Catholic Chaplain

08/02/2009

Since the fall of 2003, when Bishop Patrick R. Cooney announced a formation program for laymen called to be permanent deacons, he has been promoting the ministry of these dedicated church leaders. Permanent deacons are men who are ordained by the bishop for service to the people of God within the diocese. They are committed to a life of spirituality ...

Beach Bums Beckon -- 2009 Altar Server Event

06/23/2009

Final plans are being made for the fourth annual Altar Server Appreciation Day. Sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Advisory Committee, the event brings together altar servers from across the diocese for an afternoon of fun in recognition of their dedicated ministry to the Church. On behalf of Bishop Patrick R. Cooney, more than 1,300 invitations ...

Official Diocesan Appointments

06/20/2009

Bishop Patrick R. Cooney has announced the following appointments effective July 15, 2009 for one year: Reverend James Bearss From: Pastor of the cluster of parishes that includes St. Mary, St. Joseph and Guardian Angels in Manistee To: Rector of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and Pastor of the other parishes included in the cluster: St. Mary in ...

Bishop Announces Decisions on PPTF Recommendations

06/20/2009

On April 27, the Parish and Personnel Task Force presented to Bishop Patrick R. Cooney and leadership of the diocese its Final Report of Recommendations which culminated a two and a half year process to plan for the long term future of the diocese. Since that time, Bishop Cooney has been reviewing the recommendations and concurrently meeting with the ...

Pope Declares "Year for Priests"

06/09/2009

On March 16, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI announced that a special “Year for Priests” will commence on June 19, 2009 in an effort to encourage "spiritual perfection" in priests. The Holy Father will open the special year with a vespers service in Rome on June 19—the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the day for the sanctification of priests. The ...

Parish and Personnel Task Force Outlines Process

06/06/2009

Mission Statement: The Mission of the Parish and Personnel Task Force is to provide recommendations to the Bishop, in consultation with the faithful, to care for the sacramental, pastoral, spiritual and administrative needs of the Diocese of Gaylord. Throughout the country, dioceses are facing the reality of an aging clergy and a decline in ...

Restoration Work Begins at Cross in the Woods

06/02/2009

The scaffolding is up and work has begun on the restoration of the Cross and surrounding area at the National Shrine and Parish of the Cross in the Woods, Indian River. Recognized as one of northern Lower Michigan’s best-known and most treasured worship and tourist sites, the massive 55-foot-high crucifix has developed significant structural issues ...

Cantor Express to Make Stop in Gaylord

05/25/2009

The Secretariat for Worship and Liturgical Formation of the Diocese of Gaylord is pleased to announce that a special institute for cantors will take place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord this summer. Facilitated by the National Association of Pastoral Ministers (NPM), the weekend event will be one of four such institutes offered across the ...

CCC - How the Good News Gets Around

05/21/2009

If Jesus Christ were on earth today, how would he spread his message of salvation? Would he use television, radio, newspapers, text messages, billboards, DVDs, or would Jesus be right here on the Internet? The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) believes Jesus would use as many means as possible, and that is why its supports projects that use the ...

Faith in Action - DCCW Convention

05/20/2009

“Faith in Action ” was the theme of the 37th annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) held May 13. The convention opened with a prayer service led by June Duby and the Presentation of the Colors by the Daughters of Isabella #974. DCCW President Diane Blevins welcomed the women, current officers, past presidents and ...

Foundation will provide "For Generations to Come"

05/01/2009

Securing the Future of Catholic Ministries in Northern Lower Michigan “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied graces.” – 1 Peter 4:10 For centuries, Catholics have populated northern lower Michigan thanks to the missionaries who came to spread the Gospel. Today, the Catholic faith within ...

Final Report of Parish and Personnel Task Force Released

04/28/2009

Culminating two and a half years of study and consultation with parishioners throughout the Diocese of Gaylord, the Parish and Personnel Task Force presented their Final Report of Long Term Recommendations to Bishop Patrick R. Cooney and nearly 250 parish and diocesan leaders at a special meeting on Monday, April 27. In his opening remarks, Bishop ...

Catholic Home Missions Acknowledges CSA GIft

04/24/2009

In a recent letter received by Bishop Patrick Cooney, Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel, Bishop of Great Falls-Billings and Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions wrote to express his thanks for the contribution of $11,123.00. The contribution is a testament to the strength of the Universal Church at work in the Diocese of Gaylord. ...

Office Ministry Day a Gift for Attendees

04/18/2009

On Thursday, April 16, about 50 women who serve in parish and diocesan offices across the Diocese of Gaylord, gathered at the Augustine Center for what has become an annual event – “Celebration of Office Ministry.” This was the 23rd year for the event and has been declared once again a wonderful event by those in attendance. The morning dawned ...

DCCW Announces Annual Convention

04/14/2009

Every year on the second Wednesday in May, the Gaylord Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) holds their annual convention. This year, the 37th on record, the event will be held Wednesday, May 13, at the Gaylord Diocese Pastoral Center, 611 W. North Street, Gaylord. The theme for 2009 is “Faith in Action.” The convention is for all women of ...

Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

04/14/2009

During his homily at the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina Kowalski, Pope John Paul II highlighted the message of mercy manifested to her in Poland during the first half of the 20th century, and gave approval for all who wish to do so to participate in a private devotion growing out of St. Faustina’s experiences. The devotion centers upon the ...

Cardinal Szoka offered blessing to the Holy Father

04/03/2009

Edmund Cardinal Szoka served as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord. Below is an article by Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service recalling Cardinal Szoka's visit to Pope John Paul II's bedside on April 1... VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- U.S. Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, called to Pope John Paul II's bedside April 1, offered his blessing to the pope ...

Conference to Celebrate St. Paul

03/31/2009

Registration forms have been distributed and are now available for a diocesan-wide conference to be held on Saturday, May 16. The conference is being held as one of the activities celebrating the “Year of St. Paul.” It will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. Originally set for December 6, 2008, inclement weather forced the event ...

Vocations Contest Winners Announced

03/22/2009

During Vocations Awareness Week this past January, students from the Diocese of Gaylord were asked to tap into their creative side to prepare either a drawing or a prayer to be used for a “Vocation Prayer Card.” Preliminary judging was provided by the Manistee Knights of Columbus Council #853. Many of the students prepared and submitted both a prayer ...

Plan to Attend Chrism Mass

03/16/2009

Bishop Patrick R. Cooney invites all the faithful of the diocese to attend the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. In this Liturgy, the faithful of the Church of Gaylord are called to pray together and to be a part of the blessing of the Oil of Catechumen, the Oil for the Anointing of the Sick and for the ...

Rite of Election held at St. Mary Cathedral

03/06/2009

On Sunday, March 1, the First Sunday of Lent, fifty-four people from twenty-four parishes were formally welcomed as catechumens at the Rite of Election held at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Due to illness, Bishop Patrick R. Cooney was unable to attend the ceremony and delegated Fr. John McCracken, Rector of St. Mary Cathedral, to preside in his absence. ...

Faith Development Resource Day

02/20/2009

Register now to participate in the Faith Development Resource Day on March 21 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. Sponsored by the Secretariat for Faith Development, the event will feature a keynote address by Patrick M. O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of FAITH Publishing Service. O’Brien will speak on “Marketing as a form ...

Maryknoll collaborates with U. S. Deacons in mission

02/20/2009

A ground-breaking gathering of twelve U.S. deacons, their wives and the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, took place In January at the home of Maryknoll in Ossining, New York. The four-day gathering had been in the making for over a year. Deacon Mike Berstene, Diaconate Director for the Norwich, Connecticut ...

Congregation for Catholic Education Publishes Instruction

02/12/2009

Near the end of 2005, the Congregation for Catholic Education officially released the "Instruction concerning Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders." The document had been in the process of preparation since 1996 and had ...

Invitation to "Travel with St. Paul"

02/03/2009

Periodically, the church sets aside an entire year to focus on a particular aspect of faith. Last June, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Jubilee Year honoring St. Paul. In making the announcement, the Holy Father said, “Dear brothers and sisters, as in early times, today too Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses ...

Fifer Appointed

02/02/2009

The Most Reverend Patrick R. Cooney, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, has announced Deacon Paul Fifer has been selected to be the Director of Deacon Formation, Continuing Education and Diaconal Ministries for the Diocese of Gaylord. The appointment was effective January 13, 2009. In his new role, Deacon Fifer will oversee the spectrum of the diaconate ...

SATF Retreat Recap

01/25/2009

The third annual retreat for the St. Andrew Task Force was held in January at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord. The event was planned to coincide with the priestly ordination of San Hoyumpa and gathered 32 young men from across the diocese to explore the theme “Stop, Look and Listen.” The retreat, which is designed for young men in 7th-12th ...

Celebrate Catholic Schools

01/24/2009

By Michael Buell Superintendent of Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and Chair of the Diocese of Gaylord Schools Committee As we embark on the 33rd Annual National Catholic Schools Week, I want to salute and recognize our 8,000+ Catholic schools across the country and the nineteen schools in the Diocese of Gaylord. Catholic Schools Week ...

San Hoyumpa Ordained to the Priesthood

01/12/2009

On Saturday, January 10, Santiago Hoyumpa was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Approximately 30 priests concelebrated at the liturgy which was attended by over 300 parishioners. A bus from the Detroit area carried many of Fr. San's friends to Gaylord, along with Fr. Bob ...

CSA Supports Latin America Collection

01/12/2009

The Church in Latin America is vibrant, diverse in culture, and grounded in faith—and it needs our help to stay that way. The theme for the 2009 Latin America Collection, Disciples, Missionaries, Leaders, supports the call from the 5th General Conference of Latin American Bishops held in Brazil in May of 2007, for the Church in the continent to be ...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

01/12/2009

January 18-25, 2009 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2009 is “That they may become one in your hand” and is rooted in the experience of the churches in Korea. In their context of national division these churches have turned for inspiration to the prophet Ezekiel, who also lived in a tragically ...

PPTF Regional Meeings Held

01/04/2009

Continuing a process begun over two years ago to plan for the long term future of the Diocese of Gaylord, the Parish and Personnel Task Force has concluded a series of regional meetings. This step followed hosting over 61 Parish Town Hall meetings as well as completion of a self evaluation by each parish and school. Every parish leader (pastor, ...

Vocations Awareness Week Contest

01/02/2009

In conjunction with Vocations Awareness Week 2009 (January 11-17), the Vocations Committee from the Diocese of Gaylord will sponsor a contest to help promote vocations in the diocese. In one of the most popular past contests, youth were invited to submit their original artwork -- either a drawing or prayer -- highlighting vocations. Winners were selected ...