Henry A. Buccholtz

Monsignor Henry A. Buchholtz was born in Escanaba, where his parents were pioneers from Luxemburg.   He attended St. Joseph's School in Escanaba, St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and Mount St. Mary's, Cincinnati before being ordained for the Diocese by Bishop Vertin on May 15, 1898.  He was immediately named a pastor, serving at Munising Sacred Heart, Ironwood St. Ambrose, and Negaunee St. Paul before succeeding Monsignor Pinten at St. Peter Cathedral November 4, 1915.   He was pastor of St. Peter Cathedral for 29 years, longer than any other individual.  In 1922 he succeeded newly consecrated Bishop Pinten as Vicar General and he was to serve as Administrator of the Diocese on two occasions; in the Winter of 1922-23, between the resignation of Bishop Els and the arrival of Bishop Nussbaum, and, between the death of Bishop Nussbaum and the naming of Bishop Plagens, 1935-1936.  He was elevated to Monsignor in 1929 and in 1934 he attained the rank of Protonotary Apostolic.  He was also Vicar General to Bishop Plagens.  He died February 13, 1945.

Nolan B. McKevitt

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Monsignor Nolan B. McKevitt was born in Ironwood, Michigan on June 20, 1909.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Ambrose in Ironwood.  He attended the St. Ambrose grade school and high school.  He went to the Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary and then the St. Paul Major Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was ordained by Bishop Nussbaum on June 8, 1935 - just two weeks before Bishop Nussbaum died.  His first Mass was celebrated at St. Ambrose Church in Ironwood on June 11, 1935.

His assignments as either Assistant or Pastor included: St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette; St. Sebastian, Bessemer; St. Patrick, Escanaba; St. John, Garden; and St. Ignatius, St. Ignace.  He came to St. Peter Cathedral as Rector on July 11, 1950.  He held this post for 25 years.  He retired on July 13, 1975.  He was made a Monsignor in 1954 and was elevated to Protonotary Apostolic in 1964.  He served as Vicar General of the Diocese from 1961 to 1975.  He presently resides in Marquette.

Louis C. Cappo



Monsignor Louis C. Cappo was born on December 16, 1919 in Baltic, Michigan.  He attended Baltic Grade School, Jeffers High School, St. Lawrence College in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee where he graduated with an A.B. in 1943.  He was ordained on June 7, 1946 at St. John's Cathedral in Milwaukee.  He has served as either assistant pastor or pastor in various parishes which include St. John's, Ishpeming; St. Ignatius, St. Ignace; St. Anne's, Escanaba; Immaculate Conception, Wakefield; Christ The King, Ramsay; St. Cecilia, Hubbell; and Sacred Heart, L'Anse.

On July 16, 1975 he succeeded Monsignor McKevitt as Rector of St. Peter Cathedral and retains this position to the present day.  He is also Vicar for Social and Family Ministry for the Diocese of Marquette.  Some of his past appointments were: President of Bishop Baraga Association; member of the Marquette United Way Board of Directors; Vice-chairman of the Tri-State Interfaith Development Enterprise; and Chairman of Action Non-Profit Housing Corporation - Interfaith Group. Some of his present activities include: Health Coordinator for the Diocese of Marquette;  Member of the Marquette General Hospital Board of Directors, and Chaplain to the Michigan State Police.  Father Cappo celebrated 50 years of ordination to the priesthood on June 9, 1996.