Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette


Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette
Diocese of Marquette
Dioecesis Marquettensis

The coat of arms of the Diocese of Marquette
Location
Country United States
Territory Counties of Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Detroit
Metropolitan Marquette, Michigan
Population
- Catholics

68,360
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established January 3, 1937
Cathedral St. Peter Cathedral
Patron saint St. Peter
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Alexander King Sample
Bishop of Marquette
Metropolitan Archbishop Allen Henry Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Map
Website
dioceseofmarquette.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette is a suffragan diocese of the Roman rite, encompassing all of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the ecclesiastical province of the Archbishop of Detroit. It encompasses an area of 16,281 square miles (42,152 square kilometers). Its cathedral is St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, which replaced Holy Name of Mary Pro-Cathedral at Sault Ste. Marie.

As of 2000, the number of registered Catholics in the diocese was 65,500. Fifty-eight diocesan priests and 11 religious were serving the people at 74 parishes and 23 missions. There were 10 parish grade schools. Sixty-three women religious were also in service to the diocese.

History

This diocese was originally established as the Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Michigan on July 29, 1853, formed by a division of the Diocese of Detroit. The Vicarate Apostolic of Upper Michigan was raised to the status of a Diocese as the Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie on January 9, 1857. On January 3, 1937 the See city was transferred to Marquette, and the Diocese was renamed the Diocese of Marquette. The Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie is now maintained as a titular see.

Ordinaries

The ordinary of the Diocese of Marquette is a bishop whose episcopal see is located at Cathedral of Saint Peter in Marquette.

The Diocese has had twelve bishops:

Alexander King Sample was appointed bishop on December 13, 2005 at the age of 45, and was installed as Bishop on January 25, 2006.

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