As early as the 17th century, Jesuit missionaries from France began spreading the word of God to Natives of the Upper Peninsula. Isaac Jogues was the first to offer Mass in the U. In missionary Jacques Marquette became the first resident pastor to the tribes of Chippewa and Sault Indians here. For nearly years the presence of the Jesuits remained constant in the region.
The present-day Diocese of encompassing all of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was named a Vicariate Apostolic within the ecclesiastic Province of Cincinnati in In it was established as the Diocese Diocese of marquette Sault Ste.
Marie, and the saintly Baraga was named its first bishop.
Diocese of marquette Marie to carry out this new charge. However, he found Sault Ste. Marie too remote a location and moved the seat of the diocese to Marquette in The name was then changed to the Diocese of Sault Ste. In the title was changed again to the Diocese of Marquette.
Inon the th anniversary of the diocese being named a vicariate apostolic, Diocese of marquette, Catholics were counted in the U. Diocesan clergy numbered and 24 religious were serving at 96 parishes, 42 chapels and 38 missions.
The diocese had six high schools and
Diocese of marquette grade schools. A Centennial Mass was held Aug. Seven additional observances were held in various regions of the U. The diocese began the celebration of the Jubilee Year at Midnight Christmas Jubilee-year events included a U. Also, an estimated 2, people took part in a Eucharistic celebration Aug. In the year the number of registered Catholics in the diocese was 65, Fifty-eight diocesan priests and 11 religious were serving the people at 74 parishes and 23 missions.
There were 10 parish grade Diocese of marquette. Diocese of marquette women religious were also in service to the diocese.
The reduction in the number of Catholics and Catholic institutions in this diocese now compared with its Diocese of marquette years in the midth century a trend that has occurred throughout the United States over the Diocese of marquette several decades.
There are many factors that have contributed to this decline.
Indeed, entire books have been and continue to be written Diocese of marquette the waning of organized religion in this country. That said, the Diocese of
Diocese of marquette today is a church that is optimistic. We believe that our nation, perhaps now more than ever, the Gospel message.
We are a church that believes in evangelization, beginning with our own membership and extending to the broader community. We are optimistic as we work to return to the basic principles, focusing on the Eucharist as the source Diocese of marquette summit of all our efforts.
We minister to the Diocese of marquette, defend the innocent, the weak and the infirm. One hundred fifty years since its founding by Bishop Frederic Baraga,
Diocese of marquette Diocese of Marquette remains steadfast in a world that has witnessed dramatic change.
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