Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette

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Diocese of Marquette
Dioecesis Marquettensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette.svg
Country United States
Territory Counties of Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft
Ecclesiastical province Detroit
Area 16,281 sq mi (42,170 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
68,360 (21.5%)
Parishes 74
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853 (162 years ago)
Cathedral St. Peter Cathedral
Patron saint St. Peter
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop John Francis Doerfler
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette (Latin: Dioecesis Marquettensis) 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.


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. The see was transferred to Marquette in 1865 See city, and the Diocese was renamed the Diocese of Marquette. The Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie is now maintained as a titular see.

Current Leadership[edit]

Following the elevation of Bishop Alexander King Sample to become the next Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon (Portland, Oregon) in 2013 following the resignation for age reasons of Archbishop John George Vlazny, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, was a vacant see (sede vacante). On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Pope Francis appointed the Very Reverend John Francis Doerfler, who until then had been serving as Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay (Green Bay, Wisconsin), as the next bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette. Bishop-elect Doerfler was born on November 2, 1964, in Appleton, Wisconsin, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. He completed the requisite undergraduate Philosophy and graduate Theology coursework for ordination to the Catholic priesthood by attending the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota (in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 1987, followed by studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University (the "Greg"), at the Vatican, in Rome, Italy, while in residence as a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College, earning a bachelor's degree in Theology in 1991. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1991, for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.[1] His episcopal Consecration is scheduled to be held at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on February 11, 2014.


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

The list of bishops and their terms of service:

  1. Most Rev. Ireneus Frederic Baraga (1853–1868)
  2. Most Rev. Ignatius Mrak (1868–1879)
  3. Most Rev. John Vertin (1879–1899)
  4. Most Rev. Frederick Eis (1899–1922)
  5. Most Rev. Paul Joseph Nussbaum (1922–1935)
  6. Most Rev. Joseph Casimir Plagens (1935–1940)
  7. Most Rev. Francis Joseph Magner (1940–1947)
  8. Most Rev. Thomas Lawrence Noa (1947–1968)
  9. Most Rev. Charles Salatka (1968–1977)
  10. Most Rev. Mark Francis Schmitt (1978–1992)
  11. Most Rev. James Henry Garland (1992–2005)
  12. Most Rev. Alexander King Sample (2005–2013)[2]
  13. Most Rev. John Francis Doerfler (2014-)

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Coordinates: 46°32′28″N 87°23′56″W / 46.54111°N 87.39889°W / 46.54111; -87.39889