News & Events

Legacy of Faith in the News! - Check out this recent article in the July issue of the U.P. Catholic. Kylie Hoehn (pictured above) was able to become a certified Natural Family Planning Practioner thanks in part to grant funding provided by Legacy of Faith. To read…
I saw God walking across the U.P. - I saw God walking across the Upper Peninsula. When I stopped to ask him why He was here, He replied, "I'm working from home this week."   I love that joke I read recently on social media because it rings…
UPCF Distributes $230,000 to Catholic Schools - Pictured Above: Third and fourth grade classes celebrate Epiphany at Sacred Heart School in L’Anse in this 2019 Pre-COVID file photo. The Upper Peninsula Catholic Foundation (UPCF) announces its annual distribution to Catholic schools across the Diocese of Marquette. In…
Sisters on the Frontlines - Photo description: This 2019 file photo shows Bishop John Doerfler with some of the sisters serving in the Diocese of Marquette The Diocese of Marquette has received three grants for the “Sisters on the Frontlines” program. The program provides grants…
Summer’s Hottest News from Across the Diocese - A new altar was dedicated this past weekend at St. Therese Mission AuTrain by Bishop John Doerfler. Father Michael Ocran, pastor, concelebrated the Mass with Deacons Tom Moseley and Tom Foye assisting. The altar was commissioned by former pastor Father…
Asset Rebalancing Keeps UPCF on Target - By Terri Gadzinski, Executive Director & Timothy Thomas, Treasurer The investments of the U.P. Catholic Foundation were rebalanced in early April to increase equity holdings and comply with its asset allocation strategy. The allocation target is 65% equities, 30% fixed…
The Church Continues To Flourish Amid Covid-19 - Our Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries continue to reach out during this unparalleled time. The Office of Stewardship & Development shares what's happening across the Upper Peninsula diocese in this easy-to-read newsletter. To read more about good news happening around…
Answering The Call During COVID-19 - Pictured Above: Newly ordained Father Thomas Merkel gives a blessing to his grandfather, Marshall Kesler, as he makes the sign of the cross over his chest. On June 5, a private ordination of Fr. Romeo Cappella, Fr. Thomas Merkel and transitional…
Upper Peninsula Catholic Schools Meet the Test - By Mark Salisbury, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Marquette Faith, resiliency, perseverance, hard work, creativity, teamwork, family, and community. These are some of the words that come to mind regarding the extraordinary last three months of the 2019 -2020…
Deacons Supported By UPCSA Donations - Pictured Above: On January 10, 2020 Bishop John Doerfler ordained seven men to the “permanent” diaconate at St. Peter Cathedral. Did you know that your donations to the UP Catholic Services Appeal support permanent deacons in our diocese? Terri Gadzinski,…
Legacy of Faith Celebrates 20 Years, Announces $275,000 in Grants! - Legacy of Faith has been awarding grants to Catholic parishes, schools and social services since 2002. The latest round of grants approved for 2020-2021 mark the endowment fund’s 20th year of grant making. Terri Gadzinski has been director since the…
Summer Catechetical Camps Move Online for 2020 - Pictured Above: 2020 Totus Tuus Missionaries with Vocations Director, Father Ben Hasse. Many summer faith formation programs have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and related restrictions. Regardless of how their camp is delivered, many Catholic summer camps share…
Kendra & Miguel Valenzuela: Liturgical Living - Interested in what Liturgical Living might look like? Here's a short video that U.P. Catholic Foundation Advisory Board member, Kendra, and her family made sharing how easy (and normal!) it can be to incorporate Liturgical Living into your family life.…
Re-Opening of Parishes in the Upper Peninsula - By Terri Gadzinski, Director, U.P. Catholic Foundation As we prepare to once again gather joyfully together at our parishes and greet familiar faces, I am hopeful that we will see some new faces too. Many anticipate this time of the…
2020 Chrism Mass - A most unusual Chrism Mass was celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral in 2020 due to the pandemic. See how a few diocesan staff members assisted, in a socially distant manner, to prepare the blessed oils for parishes to use throughout…
Take Out Your Cell Phones! - Flocknote Helps U.P. Parishes Stay Connected By Terri Gadzinski, Director, U.P. Catholic Foundation   Imagine for a moment that you are in the “Mass-Zone,” that quiet place of personal prayer on Sunday morning just before Mass begins. Then, your pastor…
COVID-19 & the Importance of Connection - By Terri Gadzinski, Director, U.P. Catholic Foundation It's been one year since I started this monthly e-newsletter with the intent to keep you up-to-date on what is happening in our beautiful Diocese along with a sprinkling of Catholic happenings world-wide.…
May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow - #GivingTuesdayNow is May 5, 2020. It is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. Whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a…
Ha! I would do well to write down what God is saying to me more often. - My 2020 Lenten Journey by Terri Gadzinski, Executive Director, U.P. Catholic Foundation, Inc. Not surprisingly, my 2020 Lenten journey was like no other. Yes, COVID-19 introduced a whole new set of challenges and opportunities into my Lenten plans, but that…
Holy Name Catholic School Meets Challenge, Receives $100,000 - Holy Name Catholic School recently received a $100,000 boost to their capital campaign to re-open a Holy Name Catholic High School. On the heels of a similar challenge in 2018 to Catholic schools in the diocese, the Diocese of Marquette…
Mose and Leah Theoret Catholic School Tuition Assistance Endowment: A Legacy of Catholic Faith and Education - The UP Catholic Foundation gratefully announces the establishment of the Mose and Leah Theoret Catholic School Tuition Assistance Endowment. Marie Theoret, daughter of Mose and Leah, created the fund to provide financial support to the Holy Name Catholic School in…
St. Mary’s Catholic School Bolstered by Endowment Gift - Pictured Above: Father Sebastian Kavumkal and Deacon Romeo Cappella celebrated the Feast of Saint Blaise by blessing the throats of students at St. Mary Catholic School. St. Mary’s Catholic School (SMCS), in Sault Ste. Marie, received a wonderful Christmas gift…
Totus Tuus: A Legacy of Faith Triumph - Pictured Above: The 2019 Totus Tuus Missionaries with Fr. Ben Hasse during their training at Steubenville By: Terri Gadzinski December 2019 I have been the director of Legacy of Faith since its inception in 2000, when Bishop James Garland, then…
U.P. Catholic Foundation Has Eye on the Future - Pictured above (left to right): On March 23, 2019, diocesan school principals, Bishop John Doerfler, and members of the U.P. Catholic Foundation met at the diocesan offices in Marquette. Steve Yanni, UPCF Advisory Board member; Father Al Mott, pastor of…
Give Catholic, Support your Seminarians! - Pictured above (left to right): Ethan Wilcox, Richard Nalette, Tyler Rivard, Brandon Yanni, Rev. Ben Hasse, Dcn. Thomas Merkel, Drew Langton, Christian Flagstadt, Benjamin Rivard, Zack Mazurek, Jack Kinnunen, Romeo Cappella, Matthew Chartier. December 3rd is #GivingTuesday! Visit marquette.igivecatholic.org and…
Legacy of Faith Grants Support Catholic Schools - Pictured above: Students from Holy Spirit Catholic School in Norway. Legacy of Faith (LOF) provides significant support to Catholic schools throughout our Diocese. Over 1,100 students were impacted by LOF grants to schools across the Diocese in the last year.…
Bishop’s Ambassadors Gather at Annual Event - Pictured Above: Bishop John Doerfler celebrates Mass at the 15th annual Bishop's Ambassador Mass. (L to R) Msgr. Michael Steber, Dcn. Art Stancher, Rev. Tim Ekaitis, Rev. Michael Kowalewski, Very Rev. Al Mott, Rev. Marty Flynn, Rev. Greg Heikkala. The…
St. Anthony Parish Endowment Fund - Pictured Above: Parishioners of St. Anthony gather outside for Easter Vigil. Father Allen Mott has taken an important step in establishing a parish endowment for St. Anthony in Gwinn. He understands the value of its growth over time and has…
Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Awards Recipients - Family. Faith. Friends. This is what is important to Bob and Sandy Jurkovich of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette who were honored on July 14th as recipients of the Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. Bob and Sandy’s example transforms…
Legacy of Faith Announces $280,000 in Grants Across U.P. - Pictured Above: Father Jamie Ziminski with All Saints students. A Legacy of Faith grant helped All Saints, Gladstone take 35 students and chaperones on an overnight retreat to Holy Hill Shrine in Wisconsin. Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of…
Three Ordained at St. Peter Cathedral - Above: Dcn. Romeo Cappela, Dcn. Thomas Merkel, and Rev. Michael Kowalewski pictured at the May 31st ordination at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. It is with great joy that Bishop John F. Doerfler ordained two men to the Order of…
Catholic School Endowments Promote Long-term Growth - Pictured above left to right: (back row) Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Mark Salisbury, U.P. Catholic Foundation board members Steve Yanni and Very Rev. Al Mott, Bishop John Doerfler, Don Erickson of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Joseph Carlson of…
Lay Ministry Fund Supports Catechist Formation in Diocese - In July of 2018, a new policy for catechist formation was promulgated impacting all the parishes, missions, and schools across the Upper Peninsula. In order to assist our parishes in forming their catechists a dedicated website has been created.  It…
Now is the Time: Holy Name Catholic High School Campaign Kicks Off - Pictured above: Natalie Williams, Holy Name Catholic School student, speaks at a news conference kicking off the campaign to reopen Holy Name Catholic High School. On January 29th, Principal Joe Carlson publicly announced that Holy Name would be launching a…
Catholic Grants for Evangelization Available - Pictured above: Totus Tuus makes learning fun!  This lively summer program for youth K-12 was offered in 22 sites around the diocese last summer, impacting 54 parish communities. Legacy grants provide training for the missionaries and lower the cost of…
Support Our Schools With a Gift to the Catholic School Endowment Challenge - There's still time to give in support of your favorite Catholic school in the Diocese of Marquette. Schools are looking to reach their year-end fundraising goals for the Catholic School Endowment Challenge, before receiving a generous gift from the diocese…
Inaugural Year for Concert Series - The purity and innocence of a child’s voice, the brilliance of the Cathedral Brass, the nuanced sound of a choir, the sonic splendor of a symphony orchestra, the grandeur of the great Cathedral organ. All this and more greeted concert-goers…
Meet the 2018-19 Seminarians - The Seminarian Endowment Fund is just one of four funds in the U.P. Catholic Foundation that assists in educating men in formation for the priesthood to serve the Diocese of Marquette. Click below to view a short video clip introducing…
Building Improvements at Bishop Baraga Catholic School - Pictured above are some of the building improvements made with the 2017-18 fund distribution: new water fountains, energy efficient lighting, and SMART boards are just a few of the updates made possible by the Bishop Baraga's fund in the U.P.…
Annual Bishop’s Ambassador Mass & Dinner - Pictured Above: Three new Ambassadors, Father Greg Heikkala of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler and Father Tim Ekaitis of Norway after Mass.  The 2018 Bishop’s Ambassador Mass and Dinner was held on October 2nd at St. Louis the King Parish in…
Legacy of Faith Grant Highlight - In the above photo, Copper Country youth are being led in games and songs by Jack Kinnunen and Térèsa Gjernes, at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden. The parish hosted a week long visit from Totus Tuus missionaries. Participants from…
Faith Education & Social Services Bolstered by Grants - Pictured Above: Sixteen missionaries and two interns, with support from Fr. Ben Hasse and Sr. Jacqueline Spaniola, OSF, are prepared to spend the summer serving Catholic parishes around the U.P., Wisconsin and Minnesota. Grant support from Legacy of Faith lowers…
U.P. Catholic Foundation Updates Asset Allocation - Approximately every four years CapTrust prepares an asset allocation simulation for the Diocese of Marquette concerning our investments in the National Catholic Investment Pool (NCIP).  The U.P. Catholic Foundation (UPCF) also uses the NCIP. In Q1 2018 CapTrust completed an…
2018 Amazing Parish Conference - Pictured above is Rev. Ben Paris and the team from St. Francis de Sales in Manistique. Their leadership team recently attended the Amazing Parish Conference in Dallas. “Our experience has been so uplifting and wonderful. My team and I are…
Catholic School Endowment Challenge Kicks Off! - Click here to learn more about the Catholic School Endowment Challenge! The Very Reverend Allen P. Mott helps kick off the new Catholic School Endowment Challenge on April 18, 2018. Fr. Al says he has had more years in Catholic schools…
New Catholic Foundation releases Annual Report - A new charitable organization, rooted in the faith brought by early missionaries to the original people of the Upper Peninsula in the 1600s, has come to life. The Upper Peninsula Catholic Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization with the mission…
Holy Name School Teachers Get A Raise - On a mission to help bridge the significant gap of their teachers’ salaries and benefits when compared to neighboring schools, Holy Name Catholic School established a Staff Support Endowment fund in the UPCF and began fund raising to grow the…
Stories of Giving: Father Al Mott - Why is endowment giving important to me? As a relatively young person, I think it is important to take care of my needs, and the needs of others, now. And, I think it is important to provide for future generations.…
U.P. Catholic Foundation Makes First Distributions - “We are extremely pleased to make the first distributions from the U.P. Catholic Foundation to benefit various programs, parishes and schools in the Diocese of Marquette,” said David Williams, president of the Foundation. Eleven distributions totaling $389,800 were made. “Some…