Diocese of Grand Rapids

ENVISION BULLETIN:  1-January-February 2019

Mass for Life

Diocesan Mass Commemorating the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 the nation will mark the 43 rd Anniversary of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortions in the United States. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will observe a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22….

DWELL Catholic Women’s Conference

Diocesan Catholic Women’s Conference “Dwell” Saturday, March 16 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (6390 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306). The conference will feature author, speaker and missionary, Colleen C. Mitchell. The cost, which includes morning…

14th Annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference.

Mark your calendars and register NOW for the upcoming 14th annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s conference on March 9 — it will be a day of dynamic speakers, powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship. This year’s lineup includes Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak. See www.buildingalegacy.org for details and to register….

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love

During their Fall General Assembly the U.S. Bishops approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” – A pastoral letter against racism. The letter asks us to recall that we are all brothers and sisters, all equally made in the image of God. Because we all bear the image of God, racism is, above all, a moral and…

Letters in regards to GR Diocese our Seminarians Rectors

Amid the clergy sexual abuse scandal, Bishop Walkowiak has received letters from the faithful asking about the welfare of our diocesan seminarians and whether the men currently in formation for the Diocese of Grand Rapids are safe. Bishop Walkowiak has full confidence in our two seminaries: Saint John Vianney College Seminary at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and…

Honoring The Sacrament of Marriage

Registration is now open for the annual Cherish Marriage event! It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Frederik Meijer Gardens from 6 – 11 p.m. Couples will enjoy an evening of dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage. The keynote speakers for the evening are Damon and Melanie Owens from joytob. Register at cherishmarriage.net.  Register now,…

Bishop Walkowiak Response to tragic shooting

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Bishop Walkowiak in response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   I stand in solidarity with my brother bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in condemning all acts of violence and hate, and yet again calling on…

McCarrick’s Abuse Responces

Over the weekend Pope Francis responded to former Cardinal McCarrick’s case (Statement) Cardinal DiNardo, president of the USCCB, responded to the Holy See’s statement (English | Español) And finally, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has responded in a public letter to the claims made by Archbishop Viganò in his previous testimonies.

Talking to Children about difficult subjects

Tips for talking to children about difficult subjects/news reports The topic of sex abuse, particularly child sex abuse, is a daunting one for parents. Every parent must consider many factors including the best age-appropriate way to discuss the topic. Below are some points to consider adapted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network,…

Investigation of MI Catholic Dioceses

Michigan Department of the Attorney General announced an investigation into the seven Catholic dioceses of Michigan. At this time, the investigation dates back to 1950 and looks solely at priests, both diocesan and religious order. The investigation pertains solely to the abuse and sexual assault of children. The internal investigation is being conducted by the AG’s office and is expected to take…