New Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord

Developing news out of Otsego County today. The new Bishop-Elect of Diocese of Gaylord has been selected nine months after their last leader moved to a new post. Steven Raica was chosen by Pope Francis to lead the Catholic Church in Northern Michigan.

The Diocese of Gaylord made the official announcement Friday morning that the U.P. native will serve the region.

Eric Lloyd was in Gaylord to get more details on the announcement.

It was an exciting morning at the Diocese of Gaylord as the nine month search for a new bishop has come to an end.

Monsignor Steven Raica from Lansing will take over the post left vacant by former Bishop Bernard Hebda.

Bishop-elect Raica is originally from Munising but has worked most of his career in Detroit, Flint and most recently Lansing.

In the Diocese of Gaylord, he will be taking over a very large, mostly rural area but he says it will feel like a return home.

Ordained as a priest in 1978, Bishop-Elect Raica says he never expected to climb to this position and still has trouble it is becoming a reality.

The Bishop-Elect will be ordained on August 28th, officially becoming the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord since it was formed in 1971.

For the past nine months Monsignor Francis Murphy of Cadillac has been sitting in on the Bishop’s role before Friday’s announcement.

9&10 News’s Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Jeff Blevins were at the announcement today and have more details.