A note to the Faithful from Bishop Raica
To the people of the Diocese of Gaylord,
As we embark on a New Year 2019, I wish you my very best wishes for a peaceful New Year!
As some of you may know, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked the Bishops of the United States to be on a common retreat together as we reflect on the next steps that need to be taken with regard to the sexual abuse crisis.
Therefore, I will be on retreat at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago from January 2 – 8, 2019. The retreat master will be Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, the Papal Preacher. He is a dynamic and incisive speaker. I am taking advantage of this moment to examine my own heart and spiritual life during this grace-filled moment. He will address us based on the writing from the Gospel of Mark 3:14: The Mission of the Apostles and Their Successors: “He Appointed the Twelve, to be with Him and to Send out to Preach.”
May this moment with the Lord inspire us bishops to be with the Lord always and to become fearless preachers of the Gospel of Christ!
Please know that I will be remembering each parish and institution in the Diocese of Gaylord along with the priests, deacons, religious and pastoral administrators. May I ask you to pray for me during this time.
With every best wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Steven J. Raica
Most Reverend Steven J. Raica
Bishop of Gaylor