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 28,932 sq mi (74,930 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
70,327 [1] (13.7%)
Parishes 81
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 19, 1970 (44 years ago)[1]
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 bishop is Steven J. Raica.


The Diocese of Gaylord was created on December 19, 1970 and canonically erected on July 20, 1971 by Pope Paul VI.


  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 "". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.svg
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
The diocesan arms consists of the “argent” wavy bordure. The two “argent” six-point stars with a “chevronel” (a reduced-in-width form of the “chevron”, one of the most ancient heraldic pieces) surmounting the “or” (golden) Cross.
The “argent” wavy bordure recalls that the Diocese is nearly surrounded by the two Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron, and the Straits of Mackinac. The two “argent” six-point stars are reminiscent of the stars that appear on the crest of the Carmelite Order, recalling that the Church of Gaylord is under the patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The two stars also represent the Dioceses of Grand Rapids and Saginaw which yielded territories to establish the Gaylord diocese in 1971. The “ chevronel ” (a reduced-in-width form of the “chevron”, one of the most ancient heraldic pieces) surmounting the “or” (golden) Cross, was chosen to symbolize the new presence of the Church of Our Lord in the City of Gaylord, the city highest in elevation in Michigan’s lower peninsula; indeed, the “chevron,” whose shape recalls the truss of a roof, has been adopted in heraldry since the time of the Middle Ages to symbolize the building where the population assembles; for Catholics this building is the Church.

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