On Friday, August 3, the diocese celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a Mass at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing. The Diocese of Lansing was founded by Pope Pius XI in August 1937. The Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, was the main celebrant of the Mass, and  Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit delivered the homily.  Hundreds  of priests, deacons, religious and laity of the diocese attended.
 
At the Mass, Bishop Boyea inaugurated a Year of Prayer for the entire diocese. “Everything that has ever happened in this diocese is preparation for the future” said Bishop Boyea. “Seventy-five years have passed.  We are strong and able and blessed with great abundance.  We now begin an evangelization effort that will touch every person in these 10 counties.”
 
The Diocese of Lansing currently comprises 10 counties covering 6,218 square miles: Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw.

The Diocese of Lansing celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, we'll be providing stories of the history of the diocese, thanks to our Diocesan Historian, Msgr. George Michalek.