In light of the most recent guidelines from government and healthcare officials, and in order to do our part to protect all God’s people during this time, Bishop Bradley announces the continued suspension of all public celebrations of the Holy Mass until at least April 30, 2020.
The suspension of the public celebration of the Holy Mass will continue through Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 and will resume upon the time where restrictions are lifted. Bishop Bradley has announced updates to the Holy Week liturgies for the Diocese of Kalamazoo. All liturgies celebrated by Bishop Bradley will be live streamed on diocesan website and simulcast on the diocesan Facebook page. Please click here for additional details.
The Diocese of Kalamazoo has temporarily suspended all public Masses effective Friday, March 20th through Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. Additionally, the annual Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 7th has been relocated to St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, and will be limited to attendance by priests only. The Mass will be live streamed on the diocesan website and Facebook. The Diocesan Pastoral Center will be closed to the public from March 20th through April 5th though employees will be working remotely.
During this current health crisis, I write to assure you of my ongoing prayers for you, and to encourage all of us to pray for and with one another. In particular, we pray for all those who are suffering from the Coronavirus, for all our health care workers, for all our civic leaders, and, in a special way, for those who are at special risk.
A special letter from Bishop Bradley: On this first Sunday of 2020, as we join with the Universal Church in celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany when Jesus was made manifest as Lord to all the world, I take this occasion to wish you all a very Blessed and Happy New Year!
On the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, Bishop Bradley has written a letter to the faithful in which he declares 2020 the "Year of the Eucharist" in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Read his full letter.
Bishop Bradley has written a letter to the faithful encouraging all to participate in the historic Eucharistic Congress to be held October 19th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. The event is open to all in the Diocese and is free of charge. Read on for the full Letter.
Rev. David Otto, 69, passed away on August 27 after suffering a major stroke. He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 17, 1977 for the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Fr. Otto served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. His last assignment before retirement was as Pastor, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Niles (2006-2014). He retired in 2014.
August 22, 2019 – The Diocese of Kalamazoo released the following statement regarding the federal indictment on the charges of wire fraud against its former employee. “This past March when diocesan officials discovered evidence of potential fraudulent activity, we dismissed the employee and immediately alerted local law enforcement and began distributing notice of this to outlets that reach potential affected parties. Additionally, we alerted the public through our April 18th news release so we could heighten awareness to those individuals who may have been negatively impacted. “We are grateful for the diligence of both the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department as well as Homeland Security. “The Diocese of Kalamazoo has a long-standing commitment to assist immigrants seeking a legal pathway to citizenship through its Immigration Assistance Program. The Diocese stands ready to assist in finding just and equitable resolutions for the victims of fraud in this matter.”
August 22, 2019 (Kalamazoo, Mich.): The Diocese of Kalamazoo released the following statement regarding today’s announcement from the Attorney General’s office regarding allegations involving Rev. Brian Stanley. “The Diocese of Kalamazoo learned this morning that Fr. Brian Stanley has been criminally charged by the Michigan Attorney General. The incident alleged in the Attorney General’s complaint was reported to the Diocese in 2013. In accordance with the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Diocese promptly reported the allegation to Child Protective Services, who referred the matter to the Otsego Police Department for investigation. “We promptly placed Fr. Brian Stanley on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation. According to the Otsego Police Department, ‘the complaint was not criminal and there would be no charges.’ “Four years later, the Diocese learned of additional allegations involving Fr. Stanley. We reported these incidents to the Coldwater Police Department; no charges were filed by law enforcement. We placed Fr. Stanley on administrative leave from active ministry in January 2017. He remains on administrative leave and is prohibited from public ministry. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to promote greater protection and safeguards of all people, particularly for children and vulnerable adults. We adhere to the National 2002 Charter for the Protection of Young People, which guides all that we do. “We continue to cooperate with the Office of the Michigan Attorney General in its ongoing investigation. We encourage the reporting of clergy sex abuse to the Attorney General’s office by calling the established hotline at 844.324.3374.”
The Eucharistic Congress is an event bringing faithful from around the diocese together to spend a day centered around the Eucharist; a day to Ignite the Faith of all those in attendance. The day will feature keynote and breakout sessions, Mass, adoration and more.