Diocese of Marquette


MARQUETTE, MI--   Starting Saturday wearing a mask will be mandatory for indoor church services, meetings, and events in the Catholic Diocese of Marquette.  

Bishop John Doerfler says the rule applies to those over the age of 5. Priests, deacons, and others ministering in the sanctuary, which is located at a distance from the congregation, are not required to wear masks. However, Doerfler says they should during the distribution of communion or when in close proximity to the congregation.

LANSING, MI--  The following was released by the Diocese of Marquette:

The Diocese of Lansing released a list today (Sept. 27, 2019) of clergy that it has determined to be credibly accused of abusing a minor. One of those listed, Terrence M. Healy, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Marquette in 1968. He served as a priest of the diocese until receiving a leave of absence in 1978. He applied for incardination into the Diocese of Lansing in 1982, which was granted in 1985 (making him a priest of that diocese).

MARQUETTE, MI--   A retired priest with the Diocese of Marquette has been put on administrative leave due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

The action against Father Frank Lenz was taken because of a recently-made credible allegation of misconduct with a minor in the 1970s. Lenz has denied the claim.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Diocese of Marquette has announced that sexual abuse allegations against one of its priests have been deemed credible.  

In a press release Tuesday the diocese said the claims are against father James Menapace.  The incidents occurred in the late 1990s when Menapace was retired from active ministry and allegedly involved male minors.