Bishop Steven Raica
The son of Mary and the late Steven Raica, with Polish/Italian roots, Bishop Raica was born on November 8, 1952 in Munising, Michigan. His mother and brother, Joseph, currently reside in Marquette, Michigan. Bishop Raica attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and William G. Mather High School in Munising before being accepted to Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics-Secondary Education in 1973. He earned his Master of Divinity from St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan.
Bishop Raica was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing by Bishop Kenneth Povish on October 14, 1978. In 1985, Bishop Raica was appointed Co-Rector of St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing. In 1988 he was sent to Rome to complete Licentiate Studies in Canon Law and Specialization in Jurisprudence at Pontifical Gregorian University. Raica was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II on March 14, 1998, an honor which carries with it the title of “Monsignor.”
A gifted linguist, Bishop Raica speaks English, Italian and Polish, adding Latin, French, Spanish and German to the reading list. Raica was named fifth bishop of Gaylord on June 27, 2014. He was consecrated and installed as bishop on August 28, 2014.