...to all the children who became full members of the church receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. It was a beautiful ceremony with Bishop Raica, Father Ray Cotter, Deacon Rene Hoenscheid from St. Patrick's, and Father Bob Zuchowski from Sacred Heart, Elk Rapids.
David Best, Chris Bobrowski, Luke Bobrowski, Collin Bramer, Levi Dillion, Rylee Duffing, Sophia Ellalasingham, Bryson Ellalasingham*, Trey Ettwageshik, Caden Kowal, Garnet Mullet, Eva Pray, Anthony Ribel, Brendan Shockley*+, Declan Shockley*+, Bjorn Tracy, Evan Yenshaw
* Confirmation only, + from Sacred Heart, Elk Rapids
His Holiness Pope Francis, has named the Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, as the new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Raica, 61, is the fifth Bishop of Gaylord, succeeding the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda who was named to the lead the diocese in October of 2009 and served until September, 2013, when he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. The son of Mary and the late Steven Raica, with Polish/Italian roots, Bishop-elect Raica was born on November 8, 1952 in Munising, Michigan. His mother and brother, Joseph, currently reside in Marquette, Michigan.
Reverend Steven Raica is now the 5th bishop to serve the Diocese of Gaylord. The event of his ordination, brought people from all over the world to Otsego County to welcome Bishop Raica. Excitement and joy filled this sanctuary, as Reverend Steven Raica was ordained the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord.
For Catholics and believers in Northern Michigan -- it's a momentous occasion. Reverend James Gardiner of Saint Luke Church in Bellaire said, "It's a big deal for catholic people in northern mi we have a leader who is successor of the apostles and works with the Pope." "Bishops from the state all over the country and the world will lay hands on Bishop an ancient sign that designates his as a bishop. It's good to know him and get to know him to begin a journey of service together for the diocese and the people," said seminarian, Tyler Bischoff.
Those close to newly ordained Bishop Raica say this is a well-deserved position -- that he's fit for.
The Diocese of Gaylord covers 21 counties, and more than 500,000 people.
More than 20 fellow bishops, 140 priests and other catholic leaders from as far as Rome were at the ordination ceremony.