Discover the Diocese of Marquette

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette (LatinDioecesis 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 atSault 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 theDiocese 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

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 Father John Francis Doerfler, V.G., who until then had been serving as Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay (Green Bay, Wisconsin), as the next Bishop-elect 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 undergraduatePhilosophy and graduate Theology coursework for ordination to the Catholic priesthood by attending the University of Saint Thomas inSaint 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. 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 Diocese has had twelve bishops:

Most Reverend John F. Doerfler

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Bishop John F. Doerfler
Bishop John F. Doerfler was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of Marquette on February 11, 2014. 
Bishop John F. Doerfler was born on Nov. 2, 1964 in Appleton, Wisconsin, the son of the late Henry Doerfler and Germaine (Mancl) Doerfler.  He graduated from Appleton West High School in 1983 and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and classics from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He then became a seminarian at Gregorian University in Rome, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology.  He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1991.
Bishop Doerfler’s first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Little Chute, Wisconsin from 1991-1995.  He then spent the next two years earning his licentiate in canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  When he returned to Wisconsin, he was appointed defender of the bond for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Green Bay and parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, while earning his licentiate in sacred theology from John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family.  He went on to earn his doctorate in sacred theology from the same institute in 2008.
Other diocesan positions held by Bishop Doerfler included assistant chancellor, judge for the Tribunal, chancellor, and vicar general, a post he held since 2005.  In the past he also served as administrator of Holy Trinity Parish in Casco, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Green Bay, and St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay.  He was also sacramental minister of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, as well as St. Martin Parish in Cecil.  In addition, he served as rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis. and was a part-time lecturer in moral theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners.
Bishop Doerfler has written several articles on medical ethics for various publications.  Organizations he has worked with include Teens Encounter Christ, Courage, Widows of Prayer and Retrouivaille.  He has also done some Hispanic ministry, taught diocesan lay ministry formation courses, offered adult education conferences, was retreat master at Holy Name of Jesus Retreat House on Chambers Island, and served one term as chair of the Marriage Research Committee of the Canon Law Society of America.
Bishop Doerfler’s family includes his mother, Germaine Doerfler; brother, Thomas Doerfler; sister-in-law, Lisa (Hartzheim) Doerfler; and nephew, Bryan Doerfler.


Mission Statement of the Diocese of Marquette

Founded in 1857,  we the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Marquette,  encompassing the whole Upper Peninsula of Michigan,  led by our Bishop, share in the universal mission of Jesus Christ to bring about the kingdom of God for all people. 
As a Eucharistic community, we respond to our call to holiness by loving God, our neighbor and self through worship and service.
We seek to witness our shared Faith as expressed in the Scriptural foundations of peace, justice and compassion.

As the Church of Marquette, we prayerfully commit ourselves to the challenge of the prophet Micah 6:8
"(This is) what The Lord requires of you: only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God."

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