- Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette
Diocese of Marquette
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
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[update], 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.
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.
The Diocese has had twelve bishops:
- Most Rev. Ireneus Frederic Baraga (1853–1868)
- Most Rev. Ignatius Mrak (1868–1879)
- Most Rev. John Vertin (1879–1899)
- Most Rev. Frederick Eis (1899–1922)
- Most Rev. Paul Joseph Nussbaum (1922–1935)
- Most Rev. Joseph Casimir Plagens (1935–1940)
- Most Rev. Francis Joseph Magner (1940–1947)
- Most Rev. Thomas Lawrence Noa (1947–1968)
- Most Rev. Charles Salatka (1968–1977)
- Most Rev. Mark Francis Schmitt (1978–1992)
- Most Rev. James Henry Garland (1992–2005)
- Most Rev. Alexander King Sample (2005–present)
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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- Catholic Hierarchy: Diocese of Marquette
- "Diocese of Marquette". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
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