Diocese of Marquette News

UPSCA, Bishop Doerfler's Letter

In short, gospel means good news and we can sure use some good news right now. The best news we will ever receive is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ crucified is risen! Alleluia! He has taken our sins upon himself and conquered death! As members of the Body of Christ, the Church, we all share in a common mission to proclaim the Good News, to proclaim God’s goodness.

I am grateful for you and for all your gifts of time, talent and treasure in service to your local parish and the Diocese of Marquette. With your help the Church in the U.P. continues to thrive. We have a robust vocations program supporting eight seminarians. A Catholic high school is reopening offering in-person learning in Escanaba and distance learning to students across the U.P. The Marriage Tribunal brings healing at no charge to participants. Campus and young adult ministries are helping to form young people for mission.

Because of you, the Church in the U.P. is able to provide many vital ministries that welcome all people into the Body of Christ. The call to mission is lifelong and includes handing on the faith to the next generation. The enclosed newsletter, especially the article on “UPCSA: The Next Generation,” speaks to this.

The Upper Peninsula Catholic Services Appeal (UPCSA) is the primary source of funding and core support for our shared mission. This appeal, made annually to all members of the Catholic Church in the U.P., invites each of us to participate more fully and more deeply in the mission by supporting many vital ministries.

By making a response to UPCSA, you help to form our Church for mission and to share our faith with others. To help your parish reach its target goal, please complete the pledge card below and return it to your parish as soon as possible.

Thank you again, and may God’s abundant blessings be upon you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, STD, JCL

Bishop of Marquette

P.S. I invite you to consider making a personal response to UPCSA this year. Even if you are unable to pledge a monetary amount, please consider selecting the “pray” option on the card below and offer a prayer to the Lord for the evangelizing mission of the Church in the U.P

Season of Hope

The Diocesan Evangelization Council has created a resource for the faithful and parishes entitled Season of Hope to assist in evangelization efforts, as the diocesan church returns back to the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


Small Group Discipleship Training

Everett Fritz, founder and director of St. Andrew Missionaries—an organization dedicated to training and equipping the young people and families offered small group discipleship virtual training for the Baraga County Catholic Churches which built on the diocesan Spring Study Day 2021 presentation. The recordings of the training are available to all in the diocese. To view them go to the diocesan website faith formation page. This was made possible through a Legacy of Faith grant.

Mass for Life Homily, Bishop Doerfler

Check out the document to the right for Bishop Doerfler's homily during the Mass for Life, January 29, 2021.

Mass for Life 2021 (1).pdf

In Response to COVID-19

Check out what the Diocese of Marquette is doing in response to COVID-19, at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/response.

Ask Bishop Doerfler to Pray for You

Many people of the diocese have been impacted by the pandemic which has lead to parishioners feeling disconnected, stressed or experiencing feelings of despair. Bishop John Doerfler invites you to send your personal prayer requests. Returned prayer cards are kept in his private chapel, where he will pray for your intentions for the next year. Printable and electronic prayer intentions cards may be found on his web page at: https://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bishop.