Today, at noon Rome time, the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Steven John Raica the next bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. To now, Bishop-elect Raica had been chancellor of Gaylord.
He was born in 1952 in the diocese of Marquette, Michigan and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan State University. He studied theology at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth and then received a MA degree in Religious Studies at the University of Detroit. Subsequently, he earned his S.T.L. and his doctorate in Canon Law in 1996 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Lansing in 1978 He then held various positions since then, including being the Superior at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome from 1999-2005.
He knows English, Italian, Polish, Latin and sign language.
Congratulations, Diocese of Gaylord!