Pastoral Messages and Resources

Pastoral Letters

Transforming Fire: A New Pentecost to form Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

To read a two-page summary of Bishop John Doerfler's pastoral letter, click here.
To read Bishop John Doerfler's full pastoral letter, click here.

Prayer for the Formation of Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

O Holy Spirit come into my life and my heart. By the fire of your love, transform me and all Catholics throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into Spiritfilled evangelizers.
I pray that more and more people may come to know the love of Jesus Christ and make a personal decision to follow him. I pray for all the people that I know who are not practicing any faith.
Touch their hearts with your love, O Holy Spirit. Work through me so that they may have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and follow him in faith.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

To download a PDF of the prayer, click here.

Pastoral Messages

Reconciliation and Healing: A Pastoral Message on Declarations of Nullity

To read Bishop John Doerfler's pastoral message, click here.

To view the pastoral message and other videos on The U.P. Catholic's YouTube channel, click here.


Guidelines in light of Amoris Laetitia

To read Bishop John Doerfler's document to clergy and religious of the Diocese of Marquette, click here: "Guidelines in light of Amoris Laetitia"

Sacred Music Instruction


"Rejoice in the Lord Always" - Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Alexander Sample
"Sing to the Lord All the Earth" - Instruction by Bishop John Doerfler

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Article from the Feb. 19, 2016 issue of The U.P. Catholic

Interviews with Bishop John Doerfler on Sacred Music

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