Diocese Announcements


posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:13 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 6:22 AM ]

Looking for financial assistance with your college education?  Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Bibianne Bessette Scholarship Fund.  The scholarships aid graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a college or vocational education at an accredited degree granting institution.  Consideration is based on academic achievement.  Applicants must complete the on-line application found at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bbscholarshiplink and either mail an Official Transcript and ACT/SAT scores (via postal mail) to:  Bessette Scholarship Fund, Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI  49855 or email transcripts to Irene McCauley at imccauley@dioceseofmarquette.org.  Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2019.

An additional resource for Catholic students to find and apply for scholarships based on their faith is Catholic Scholarships for College Students.   Three sections which many find very useful are: 
  • a list of 20 of the top scholarships to apply for. 
  • the section providing tips to help students find more opportunities independently. 
  • the expert advice about how to stand out from the crowd when applying for the scholarships.


posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:12 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 12:12 PM ]

The U.P. Catholic Newspaper and your hosts Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger cordially invite you on a religious pilgrimage tracing the missionary journey of the Apostle St. Paul. Travel with us September 18 – 28, 2019 through ancient cities and pastoral landscapes. Includes a 3-night cruise of the magical Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini. Visit the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Discover archaeological treasures like the Acropolis in Athens and the ruins of Delphi. Investigate the dramatic Meteora Monasteries. Explore the biblical town of Corinth. Stop in Philippi, where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe and baptized Lydia, the first Christian. Even see the dungeon where he was held prisoner. Find inspiration throughout as you visit the places where the great apostle lived and preached. For rates, a full itinerary & more information contact Laura Chapman with Holiday Travel in Marquette: (906) 228-6355 - laura@holiday-mqt.com.

Statement by Bishop John Doerfler Concerning the November USCCB Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2018, 10:58 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 10:58 AM ]

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Peace be with you.
Last week I attended the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Going to the meeting, I was hopeful that we bishops would approve significant measures to ensure the accountability of bishops.  The Conference had committed to three goals last summer and produced draft proceedings to pursue these goals that were to be brought to a vote at last week’s meeting. 
I fully supported these measures and planned to vote in favor of them.  Frustration and anger erupted among us at the beginning of our meeting when we were informed that the Holy See had insisted that we do not vote on these measures pending an international meeting on the sexual abuse crisis to take place in Rome in February.  My brother bishops and I were deeply concerned about the delay and wanted to act now.
The goals to which my brother bishops and I are still committed are:
  1. To call for a full investigation of the allegations against the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and how he was allowed to move from diocese to diocese and become a cardinal.
  2. To make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier.
  3. To develop an independent means, with substantial lay involvement, of holding bishops accountable.

The draft procedures to address these goals, which we were not permitted to bring to a vote at this time, were:
  1. Standards of Accountability for Bishops, which would cover sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by a bishop.
  2. The establishment of an independent, third-party reporting system to receive complaints against bishops in the United States.  Complaints could be made by phone or online.
  3. The establishment of a special national commission comprised primarily of lay persons for the reception and preliminary investigation of complaints given to the reporting system.  The results of the investigation would then be forwarded to the Papal Nuncio, since only the Holy Father has the authority to discipline bishops.

Despite not being able to move forward as we had planned, hope dawned in light of the discussion among the bishops as the meeting progressed.  These were the best conversations that we have had at a bishops’ meeting since I became a bishop. 
It was clear from our discussions that we bishops are indeed committed to providing a means to ensure the accountability of bishops.  Though we had hoped to act now, the delay until after the international meeting on this matter bears the promise of addressing the problem on a global scale.  The work that we have done and continue to do, by the grace of God, will bear fruit in the United States and beyond.  Know that I and my brother bishops are committed to act, and we intend to do so as soon as the Holy See allows us to vote on these measures. 

Moving forward, our tasks include:
  1. Finalizing a process for investigating complaints against bishops, which are to be received via an independent, third-party reporting system.
  2. Finalizing the Standards of Accountability for Bishops.
  3. Finalizing the Protocol for Removing a Bishop.
  4. Establishing national guidelines for the publication of the names of those clerics with substantiated allegations of abuse.
  5. Supporting the timely investigation into the situation surrounding the former Cardinal McCarrick. On October 6, the Holy See announced its investigation of this matter, and at the meeting we were informed that the four dioceses in the United States where he served are in various stages of their own investigation.

You may learn more about the details of our commitment to work on these matters by reading the statement of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, conference president: http://usccb.org/news/2018/18-187.cfm
Most importantly, we must remember those who have been harmed by clergy sexual abuse.  At the meeting, two victims/survivors addressed us, shared their experience and urged us to act.  On behalf of the Church, I apologize to all those who have been harmed by clergy sexual abuse, and renew my commitment to reach out and bring Christ’s peace and healing.  The priests of the diocese and I have committed to make the first Friday of Lent an annual day of prayer and penance for all those harmed by clergy.
Additionally, the Diocese of Marquette encourages individuals to report clergy, employee or volunteer sexual abuse of minors and others – no matter when the abuse occurred. For more than 15 years the diocese has had a “hotline” to Victims Assistance Coordinators for anyone to report abuse.
Individuals are encouraged to contact local law enforcement authorities and the Diocese of Marquette by calling one of the Victim Assistance Coordinators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330 or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362 or by writing to:
Victims Assistance Coordinator
c/o Catholic Social Services of the UP
1100 Ludington St. Suite 401, Escanaba MI 49829
Please mark the letter "Personal and Confidential" and indicate in your letter how you wish to be contacted (by phone or by letter).
Complaints of abuse, misconduct and negligence on the part of bishops may be reported to the Papal Nuncio.
The Most Rev. Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20008-3610
As we approach our national holiday of Thanksgiving, may God bless you and your loved ones.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, STD, JCL
Bishop of Marquette

Catholic School Endowment Challenge

posted Nov 15, 2018, 10:57 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 10:57 AM ]

  • Congratulations to Sacred Heart Catholic School in L’Anse, Father Marquette Catholic Academy, and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy on reaching their goal for the Catholic School Endowment Challenge! For more information, visit the Stewardship & Development resource page dioceseofmarquette.org/stewardshipresources


posted Oct 13, 2018, 6:55 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 8:00 AM ]

If you're looking for Mass times anywhere in the US, please visit https://CatholicMassTime.org.

Weekend Mass times for all parishes and missions of the Diocese of Marquette are available on the diocesan website. Visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/searchparishes, and click on the specific parish you’re looking for.


posted Sep 16, 2018, 9:19 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 9:19 AM ]

Effective October 1, 2018 the Baraga Educational Center will be open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET. Evenings and weekends are available by appointment. We will continually evaluate our hours during the first year of operation and make adjustments as necessary. Please have patience as we grow. The Baraga Educational Center is located at 615 S. 4th Street, Marquette, MI 49855.


posted Aug 9, 2018, 10:33 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 10:33 AM ]

 The RISE 30-day challenge for men helps form groups of men who are dedicated to becoming faithful sons, brothers, spouses, and fathers.  Creators of RISE are giving the RISE challenge program information away free to all priests, seminarians and religious.  There are specific challenges for men of all stages in life.  There are also challenge for priests, seminarians and religious.  Bishop John encourages you to spread the word about this initiative.  More information can be found at: www.MenRiseUp.org where parishes may review RISE for free.

Affordable Colleges Online

posted Jan 29, 2018, 11:00 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 7:30 AM ]

This is a guide on resources and scholarships for Catholic students. It covers a lot of interest to students who identify with the Catholic faith -- a directory of scholarships for Catholic students, advice on what to consider when thinking about attending a Catholic university, and ways for students to maintain or strengthen their practice of faith on campuses during a time of great change in their lives. You can read through the guide here:

Catholic College Students Resources and Scholarships - https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/catholic-scholarships-resources/

Diocese Parish Directory

posted Aug 5, 2016, 7:26 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 7:44 AM ]

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