Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord

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Diocese of Gaylord
Dioecesis Gaylordensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.svg
Country United States
Territory Counties of Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Iosco
Ecclesiastical province Detroit
Area 11,171 sq mi (28,930 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
76,000[1] (13.7%)
Parishes 77
Schools 17
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 19, 1970 (45 years ago)
Cathedral St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral
Patron saint Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Steven J. Raica
Diocese of Gaylord map 1.jpg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord (Latin: Dioecesis Gaylordensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Northern Michigan region of the United States. It comprises the twenty-one most northern counties of the lower peninsula of the state, and includes the cities of Gaylord, Traverse City, Alpena, Manistee and Petoskey. The fifth and current bishop is Steven J. Raica.

The diocese covers approximately 11,171 square miles (28,930 km2) and has a population of 505,000, 66,000 of whom are Catholic. It contains 77 parishes and 17 schools.[1]


Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of Gaylord December 19, 1970 from territory separated from the Dioceses of Saginaw and Grand Rapids, and erected it on July 20, 1971.[1] He named Edmund Szoka as first bishop and the church of St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as cathedral.


  1. Edmund Casimir Szoka (1971-1981, installed, Archbishop of Detroit)
  2. Robert John Rose (1981-1989, installed, Bishop of Grand Rapids)
  3. Patrick R. Cooney (1989-2009, retired)
  4. Bernard Hebda (2009-2013, installed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark)
  5. Steven J. Raica (2014–present)

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  1. ^ a b c "About Our Diocese". Diocese of Gaylord. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 

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Coordinates: 45°02′00.96″N 84°41′02.4″W / 45.0336000°N 84.684000°W / 45.0336000; -84.684000