History Of Diocesan Catechism Bee

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

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

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

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