Discover the Diocese of Lansing

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing (LatinDioecesis Lansingensis) is located in Lansing, Michigan. It encompasses an area of 6,218 square miles (16,098 square kilometers) including the counties of ClintonEatonGeneseeHillsdaleInghamJacksonLenawee,LivingstonShiawassee and Washtenaw. It is a suffragan diocese of the ecclesiastical province of Detroit.


The Diocese of Lansing was established May 22, 1937, when it split from Archdiocese of Detroit. On December 19, 1970, part of the diocese, along with territory from the Diocese of Grand Rapids, split to form the new Diocese of Kalamazoo.


The ordinary of the Diocese of Lansing is a bishop whose episcopal see is located at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Michigan.
The Diocese has had five bishops:

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Bishop Earl Boyea

Biography of Most Rev. Earl Boyea, fifth bishop of Lansing
Earl Boyea, Jr. was born April 10, 1951 in Pontiac, Michigan, as the eldest of the ten children of Earl and Helen Boyea, Sr. He was raised in Waterford and attended Our Lady of the Lakes Church and the parish school from third through eighth grades. He studied at Sacred Heart Seminary High School and College from 1965 to 1973, obtaining his Bachelor's degree in History. He studied at the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University (1973–1977) in Rome, earning his Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology from the latter in 1976.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph Imesch on May 20, 1978, while serving as a deacon at St. Benedict Church in Pontiac. Father Boyea served as associate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Monroe, Michigan until 1979, and then returned to the Gregorian in Rome, from where he obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1980, with a thesis entitled: "Christology in Galatians". Upon his return to the United States, Father Boyea was associate pastor of St. Timothy Parish in Trenton until 1984, whence he earned his Master's in American History from Wayne State University, with a thesis entitled: "John Samuel Foley, third bishop of Detroit: His Ecclesiastical Conflicts in the Diocese of Detroit, 1888–1900."
In 1986, he was named temporary administrator of St. Christine Parish in Detroit. Father Boyea obtained his PhD in Church History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1987 and served as a weekend assistant at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion (1987–1988), Holy Family Parish in Novi (1988–1990), and Sacred Heart Parish in Auburn Hills (1990–1999). From 1988 to 1999, he also was the chaplain of Camp Sancta Maria a Catholic boys' summer camp in Gaylord, Michigan.
Father Boyea sat on the Detroit Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council from 1990 to 1991 and the Academic Concerns Committee of Madonna University's Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2000. From 1987 to 2000, he taught Church History and Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, which he became dean of Studies in 1990. Father Boyea was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness on Jan. 18, 2000, with the title of monsignor. He was a weekend assistant at St. Mary Parish in German Village, Ohio (2001–2002) while concurrently serving as the rector-president and a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. A prolific author, he also was made editor of the North Central Association Self-Study Report in 1994, of the United States Catholic Conference Self-Study Report in 1995, of the Association of Theological Schools Self-Study Report in 1996, and of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Seminary Visitation Report in 1998.
On July 22, 2002, Msgr. Boyea was appointed auxiliary bishop of Detroit and titular bishop of Siccenna by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following Sept. 13 from Cardinal Adam Maida, with Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin serving as co-consecrators. During his tenure as an auxiliary, Bishop Boyea served as regional bishop for the South Region (2002–2003) and for the Northeast Region (2003–2008) of the archdiocese.
Pope Benedict XVI named him the fifth bishop of Lansing on Feb. 27, 2008. Bishop Boyea was formally installed as Lansing's ordinary on April 29, 2008.
Bishop Boyea currently serves as the episcopal moderator of the United States Association of Consecrated Virgin and on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Catholic Conference. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he sits on the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, having formerly sat on the Committee on Boundaries of Dioceses and Provinces and on Priestly Formation and Committee on Selection of Bishops. Bishop Boyea also belongs to the Catholic Biblical Association, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and American Catholic Historical Association.


The Diocese of Lansing, originally comprised of 15 Southern Michigan counties, was established by Pope Pius XI by proclamation dated May 22, 1937. Previously, these counties had been part of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Grand Rapids. In May 1938 with the establishment of the Diocese of Saginaw, the counties of Allegan, Barry and Ionia were annexed from the Diocese of Lansing to the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the counties of Genesee, Livingston and Shiawassee were annexed from the Archdiocese of Detroit to the Diocese of Lansing. In July 1971 from the Dioceses of Lansing, Grand Rapid and Saginaw, the Dioceses of Kalamazoo and Gaylord were formed. At that time, Washtenaw and Lenawee Counties were annexed to the Diocese of Lansing from the Archdiocese of Detroit.
The Diocese of Lansing is currently comprised of 10 counties covering 6,218 square miles: Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties. Major cities are Lansing, Adrian, Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson, Owosso and Ypsilanti. The U.S. 2011 Census estimates the total population in the 10 county area at 1,792,445. The Official Catholic Directory 2012 approximates the diocesan Catholic population at 207,023.

Bishops of Lansing

Most Reverend Joseph H. Albers of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was appointed first bishop of Lansing in 1937 and served until his death in 1965.
Most Reverend Alexander M. Zaleski of the Archdiocese of Detroit became the second bishop of Lansing in 1965 and served until his death in 1975.
Most Reverend Kenneth J. Povish of the Diocese of Crookston became the third bishop of Lansing in 1975 and served until his retirement in 1995. He died Sept. 5, 2003.
Monsignor Carl F. Mengeling of the Diocese of Gary became the fourth bishop of Lansing upon ordination and installation on Jan. 25, 1996.
Most Reverend Earl Boyea of the Archdiocese of Detroit was installed as the fifth bishop of Lansing on April 29, 2008.


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