Monsignor Steven Raica, chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, was appointed to Bishop of Gaylord by Pope Francis at the Vatican Friday morning.
“As I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” said Bishop-elect Raica in a statement. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and great responsibility. The priests, religious, colleagues in ministry and the faithful with whom I have been privileged to journey in faith here in the Diocese of Lansing have been true companions reminding me of the Lord’s love and mercy. I beg for their prayers that I may serve the Lord totally and faithfully in this new ministerial chapter of my life.”
Bishop-elect Raica was ordained as priest in 1978 by Bishop Kenneth Povish. He was given his "monsignor" title by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He has served as pastor of the Holy Family Parish in Ovid and pastor of St. Mary Parish in Charlotte, in addition to several other priestly assignments. He has served as Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing since 2005.
Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing in a statement said “Bishop-elect Raica is a good priest, a good friend, and a man of good counsel. Our loss is Gaylord’s gain! He is gentle, considerate, and solid in his pastoral abilities. He has demonstrated his ability to be a keen collaborator. The office of bishop is not one to be sought, and he did not seek it. Many trials and crosses present themselves to the holder of this office, but his ability to engage others and work with them will stand him in good stead. This new bishop will be an intelligent, cultured, pastoral, gentle, and faith-filled leader of the Church in the northern Lower Peninsula as their chief shepherd, the presence of the apostles and of Jesus Christ the High Priest. The entire Diocese of Lansing offers him our heartiest congratulations and prayers!”
A consecration and installation will be held Thursday, August 28 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.