70 Years…Our Legacy…Our Future

70 for 70 Campaign

  In honor of our 70 years of ministry in West Michigan, we are celebrating with several events throughout out our anniversary year and have launched the 70 For 70 Campaign to raise $70,000 by June of 2018.    

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Join the Party!

Mardi Gras 2018
Saturday, February 3 at 6pm
At the Waddell Center
1115 Taylor N., Grand Rapids MI 49503

It’s not too early to book your ticket for Mardi Gras! Even better, gather a group of friends and book a table!

Appetizers, dinner, DJ, dancing, open bar, raffles, party favors and fun!

Tickets are $50 pp or $500 for a table. Everyone is welcome!

Seating is limited so call the CIC today to reserve your tickets at (616)459-7267. The festivities will take place at the Waddell Center just west of downtown Grand Rapids.

October Anniversary Dinner

On October 14, 2017 we celebrated our 70th Anniversary Mass and Dinner.  The mass was held at The Cathedral of St. Andrew followed by dinner at the Catholic Information Center.  We had over 180 CIC friends and supporters join us for our dinner celebration.  A good time was had by all!

On July 15 we kicked off our 70th Anniversary celebration with a pilgrimage to visit and pray at the two previous Catholic Information Center sights.  The pilgrimage was followed by Mass at The Cathedral of St. Andrew.  It was a great success!

70 Years of Paulist Ministry in Grand Rapids

Bishop Haas became familiar with the Paulists while teaching in Washington, D.C. at Catholic University of America.  He saw the need in Grand Rapids for the    special charisms of the Paulist Fathers.  On arrival in Grand Rapids, the first two Paulists conducted pulpit dialogues at St. Stephen’s and at the Cathedral of St.  Andrew.  They also gave radio talks and retreats.  In late 1947, a building was purchased on what was known as ‘lower Monroe’ (now the site of Devos Hall).  By 1948, the renovations were complete and the first Catholic   Information Center in Grand Rapids (sixth in the nation) was dedicated.
The CIC on Monroe Avenue fell victim to urban renewal in 1964.  A new home, on Ionia Avenue, NW, was purchased and renovated.  The community continued to  lovingly repair, refurbish and revitalize the building over its 44 years. A new chapter unfolded in 2008 when the Paulists were asked to take on the challenge of leading the diocese in evangelizing new members and focusing more on adult faith formation as well as relocating its priests and worship services to the Cathedral of St. Andrew. The CIC was blessed with state of the art teaching technology at its new home.
The three-fold mission of the CIC and the Paulist Fathers is evangelization, reconciliation and ecumenism.  The “Catholic Inquiry” series takes direct aim at evangelization.  It is a series of discussions where both Catholics and non-Catholics come to learn and share an understanding of the Catholic faith.  From 1947 to the 1980’s, the Catholic Information Center prepared and received more than 8,000 people into the Church.  The “Catholic Inquiry” series is still offered today along with many   other educational and spiritual enrichment programming.
The CIC is an access point for people interested in enriching their Catholic faith. We continue to build bridges with those who feel disenfranchised, with other Christian denominations and members of other world religions. Always looking toward the future, the CIC will begin three new initiative this coming year, Young Adult Leadership, Hispanic Lay Leadership training and more in-depth scriptural training for parish professionals.