News & Events

  • America’s Church – Celebrity Recital & Lecture September 20-21

    America’s Church: Benjamin LaPrairie celebrity recital Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm and lecture presentation Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am. All are welcome to both events! There is no cost and registration is not required.

    Benjamin LaPrairie is the Associate Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the national and patronal church of the United States. He is regularly heard accompanying daily, Sunday, and many televised Masses throughout the year, including papal Masses and other events of national importance. As a composer, Benjamin’s works have been recorded and broadcast worldwide on EWTN, Salt & Light Media, and CatholicTV of Boston. As a representative of “America’s Church,” he will also offer a lecture presentation on the sacred liturgy and evangelization, discussing how “inspired liturgy leads to a transformation, deepening and awakening one’s faith” and “how to be agents of such transformation.” He will detail the music program at the National Shrine, discuss his compositions for the liturgy, and provide suggestions on how to plan music for everything from weekend Masses to papal celebrations!


    Part 1: Music/Liturgy at the National Shrine

    Regularly Scheduled Liturgies
    Selection of music for weekend and daily Masses – philosophy behind choices made and examples of them
    Compositions by current and former music staff of the National Shrine – audio and video examples
    Choir of the National Shrine – details about repertoire and role in the liturgy
    Papal Liturgies
    Audio and video from papal visits of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis and possibly Pope St. John Paul II
    Ethnic Pilgrimage Liturgies
    Pictures of unique moments in our ethnic pilgrimages, Guadalupe, Asian-Pacific Islander, etc.
    Other Special Events
    NSO in your neighborhood – 100th Anniversary of National Shrine cornerstone concert

    Part 2: Music at your Parish/Cathedral/School

    The Necessity of Beauty
    How to find it and encourage it in liturgical practice
    How to find it and encourage it in sacred music
    Evangelization through Beauty
    Hymn text theology
    Lex orandi, lex credendi

    Part 3: Questions/discussion


  • Hesburgh Lecture, “The Church” September 27th at 7 p.m., Media Rm

    Recent scandals in the Church have prompted many to have a renewed interest in the theology of the Church.  What is an authentic Catholic theology of the Church? John Cavadini, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame will present a lecture which examines the Catholic Church’s understanding of the theology of the Church in light of questions occasioned by the recent scandals. The event is offered free of charge and is open to the public.  Registration is appreciated.  Click here to register  Hesburgh Lecture Series-John Cavadini “The Church” Registration Form

  • Women’s Ministry, Informational Meeting September 30th, 6 p.m.

    Come attend an informational meeting in the Bishop’s Room.  Share your ideas for a new Women’s Ministry Group that is being established here in our diocese. Questions?  Please contact Dianne at (906) 250-4073.

  • Carmelite Secular Order Informational Meeting – Oct. 17th, 7 p.m.

    Carmel of the Holy Spirit Discalced Carmelite Secular Order cordially invites you to an informational meeting describing our community, our vocation and the Secular Carmelite formation process. Join us!

    Thurs, Oct 17th @ 7 pm