New Bishop to be ordained and installed

MARQUETTE – Catholic parishioners from throughout the Upper Peninsula are excited about the upcoming episcopal ordination and installation of Bishop-elect John F. Doerfler as the thirteenth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette. It will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.

Since seating in the cathedral is limited, the ceremony will be broadcast live with commentary by Rev. Ryan Ford, associate pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Resurrection Parish in Menominee, and Cynthia Thompson, the newly-appointed news director of WJMN-TV, which will air the broadcast.

The Mass will also be live streamed via the Internet. Interested persons should log onto the diocese’s website, and click on the banner promoting the telecast.

Nearly 700 people are expected to attend the ceremony in St. Peter Cathedral, including bishops, clergy, religious and laity. Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit will be the principal consecrator of the Mass. Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon, who was the twelfth bishop of Marquette, and Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay will be the co-consecrators.

Witnessing the ordination and installation will be Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, the Apostolic Nuncio (the pope’s representative) to the United States of America. Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, who served as the bishop of Green Bay from 2003 to 2007, will deliver the homily.

The music ministry will be provided by a diocesan choir and schola led by Nathan Knutson, the diocesan director of sacred music.

Bishop-elect Doerfler will begin his service to the people of the diocese as their bishop after he is ordained and seated in the cathedra, which is the bishop’s chair, during the ceremony.

“I look forward to serving the people of the Diocese of Marquette with joy,” he said. Bishop-elect Doerfler succeeds Archbishop Sample, who was installed as archbishop of Portland in Oregon on April 2, 2013.

All the priests, deacons and women religious of the diocese have been invited to the ceremony, as well as three representatives from each of the 94 Catholic parishes and missions in the Upper Peninsula.

Admission to the episcopal ordination and installation is by ticket only, but everyone is welcome to greet the new bishop at a reception immediately following the liturgy in the St. Peter Cathedral Parish Hall. That reception is expected to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Archbishop Sample was the last priest to be ordained a bishop in the Catholic Diocese of Marquette on Jan. 25, 2006. Prior to that time, it had been over 100 years since a similar ceremony had taken place. Most of the bishops were installed in Marquette after serving as bishops in other places.

Bishop-elect Doerfler, 49, was serving as the Vicar General of the Diocese of Green Bay when he was appointed bishop of Marquette on December 17, 2013. He is a native of Appleton, Wis., and was ordained to the priesthood in 1991.

He holds a Licentiate in Canon Law and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. Bishop-elect Doerfler has served as a parish priest and in several curial posts for the Diocese of Green Bay, including assistant chancellor, chancellor, and tribunal judge. He was also a part-time lecturer in moral theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis., this past year.

Bishop-elect Doerfler’s family includes his mother, Germaine; brother, Thomas; sister-in-law, Lisa; and nephew, Bryan. His father, Henry, died in 1998.