St. Peter Cathedral

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Health Department has identified two places in Marquette as potential COVID-19 exposure sites.

Officials say anyone who visited the Canale Tonella Funeral Home on December 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. should monitor themselves for symptoms. An additional community exposure occurred at St, Peter Cathedral on December 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone who develops coronavirus symptoms should contact their medical provider. Testing information can be found on the Marquette County Health Department website at

St. Peter Cathedral / Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas masterworks concert, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at Northern Michigan University (including the Marquette Choral Society), discussed the event with Nicole Walton:

NMU Music Department

The NMU Choirs will present their annual concert at St. Peter Cathedral Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30pm.  Music performed will come from composers Johannes Brahms, George Frederic Handel, Francis Poulenc and more.  Repertoire will be predominantly sacred.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at NMU, came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more:

St. Peter Cathedral of Marquette, MI Facebook event page

December in Marquette means getting ready for the holidays, and this year's Marquette Choral Society concert in St. Peter Cathedral will do just that.  The Cathedral Concert Series continues along with Bachfest Marquette, with the choral society performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dr. Erin Colwitz came to our Public Radio 90 studios to give us more information:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette owl rehabbed after being shot a couple of years ago is back at the Chocolay Raptor Center. 

On Friday “Papa Owl" was found on his back on the ground across the street from St. Peter Cathedral. Center Director Jerry Maynard says the owl was x-rayed but no injuries were found. He says Papa may be concussed from getting hit by a car.

The owl is on medication and seems to be headed toward recovery. 

Christie Bleck / Mining Journal

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Diocese of Marquette has a new bishop.  

Pope Francis has named the Reverend John Doerfler to the post.  Doerfler was most recently the Vicar General of the Diocese of Green Bay.  He becomes the 13th bishop, following Alexander Sample, who served the diocese for seven years and was named Archbishop of Portland, Orgeon in April. 

Doerfler has been a priest for 22 years.  He was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Doerfler will be installed as bishop February 11 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Diocese said goodbye to Bishop Alexander Sample Sunday. 

A farewell mass and reception were held at St. Peter Cathedral for Sample, who has been appointed Archbishop of Portland, Oregon. 

He’ll be installed April 2, but until then will remain administrator of the Marquette Diocese.  The Diocesan College of Consultors will select a new administrator until another or a new bishop is appointed by the Pope.

Sample was bishop in the U.P. for seven years.  He was 45 years old when ordained—the youngest bishop in the U.S. at that time.