Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing

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Diocese of Lansing

Dioecesis Lansingensis
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St. Mary's Cathedral
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Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritoryCounties of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw
Ecclesiastical provinceDetroit
Area6,218 sq mi (16,100 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
227,305 (12.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 22, 1937 (82 years ago)
CathedralSt. Mary Cathedral
Patron saintBlessed Virgin Mary
Current leadership
BishopEarl Boyea
Bishops emeritusCarl Frederick Mengeling
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The Catholic Diocese of Lansing (Latin: Dioecesis Lansingensis) is located in Lansing, Michigan. It encompasses an area of 6,218 square miles (16,100 km2) including the counties of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw,[1] it is a suffragan diocese of the ecclesiastical province of Detroit.


Pope Pius XI created the Diocese of Lansing May 22, 1937 by taking territory from the Archdiocese of Detroit. In July 1971, Pope Paul VI separated territory from the Lansing Diocese and territory from the Diocese of Grand Rapids to form the new Diocese of Kalamazoo.[2]

Reports of Sex Abuse[edit]

On May 24, 2019, it was revealed that five priests who served in the Diocese of Lansing, as well as the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Kalamazoo were charged with sex abuse.[3] Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who charged the priests,[3] stated that four of them have been arrested in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, and the fifth awaits extradition from India;[3] the Diocese of Lansing stated that that the priest who arrested in Florida, Father Vincent DeLorenzo, had eight people accuse him of sexual abuse while serving in the Diocese.[3] DeLorenzo, who is now 80 and who resigned from the Diocese in 2002,[3] is charged with six counts of both first and second degree sexual misconduct and is also undergoing the process of being defrocked.[3] A sixth priest who faces an administrative complaint has had his counseling license suspended by the state.[3]


Bishops of Lansing[edit]


  1. Joseph H. Albers (1937–65)
  2. Alexander M. Zaleski (1965–75)
  3. Kenneth Joseph Povish (1975–95)
  4. Carl Frederick Mengeling (1995–2008)
  5. Earl Boyea (2008–present)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops[edit]

High schools[edit]

* Operates independently and with the blessing of the Diocese.

See also[edit]

Coat of arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing.svg
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected. It was designed in 1937 by Chaignon LaRose.
The arms of the diocese are composed of two lances cross in the form of an X. A Cross moline is found above them; the diocesan arms are blue and silver (white).
Two lances cross in the form of an X play on the name of the See City of Lansing. Also, the city is located at the junction of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers. Moline cross and it is found in the family arms of the Inghams; the See City is located in Ingham County, Michigan. The diocesan arms are blue and silver (white), and the heraldic colors of the Blessed Virgin, the patroness of diocese and of the cathedral church.


  1. ^ "Diocese of Lansing". David M. Cheney.
  2. ^ a b "History". Catholic Diocese of Lansing. Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-03-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g

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Coordinates: 42°44′08″N 84°33′22″W / 42.73556°N 84.55611°W / 42.73556; -84.55611