Diocese to Celebrate 75th Anniversary, Offer Prayers for Pope

Friday, 22 February 2013 16:29

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WHAT:    Diocese of Saginaw will celebrate anniversary of founding and offer prayers for Pope Benedict XVI   
WHO:      All are welcome
WHERE:  Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw

SAGINAW — The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its establishment as a diocese by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. An anniversary Mass will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, on Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. It was on that day 75 years ago that the Diocese of Saginaw came into existence. Unlike present day, however, it took more than a week for the news to make its way stateside. On March 4, 1938, the announcement of the new diocese was made in Washington, D.C. by the apostolic delegate to the United States, and news that Saginaw would be “headquarters” of a new bishop was reported in The Saginaw News.

Several weeks later, on March 18, 1938, public reports shared that St. Mary Catholic Church, the second oldest parish in the City of Saginaw, was chosen as the cathedral for bishop-designate William F. Murphy. On June 1, 1938, the Most Rev. William F. Murphy was installed as the first bishop of the newly established Diocese of Saginaw. 

All are welcome to attend the anniversary Mass at the Cathedral; special invitations were extended to families representing founding members of the Cathedral parish and officers and members of the Knights of Columbus councils.

In addition to celebrating the 75th anniversary of the diocese, the Mass on Tuesday also will serve as an opportunity for the Church of Saginaw to express its appreciation for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the final days of his papacy.

Several other significant events are planned for this summer to honor the diocesan anniversary, including a Celebration Mass in June and a new youth event in August entitled MYE Faith, featuring Grammy-nominated and internationally recognized Catholic recording artist Matt Maher. Both events will be held on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.

Today, the Diocese of Saginaw includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

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