It was July of 1947 when the first two Paulists priests arrived in Grand Rapids at the invitation of Bishop Francis J. Haas. 70 years and three physical locations later, the Paulists and the Catholic Information Center are still bringing the gospel and teachings of the church directly to the people of West Michigan. Our year-long 70th anniversary celebration kicks off in July and continues through 2018.
70th Anniversary Mass and Dinner Celebration
Saturday, October 14, 4:30-9pm
Dinner Ticket cost: $40.00 per person/Table Sales Available
Deadline to purchase tickets: Monday, October 2
Tickets available at the Catholic Information Center. Call 616-459-7267 to purchase.
You are invited to celebrate seventy years of ministry by the Paulist Fathers and the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids! To commemorate this occasion we are having a Mass of thanksgiving and dinner with special guests, including…Bishop David Walkowiak, Paulist President, Eric Andrews, CSP, and several former Catholic Information Center Directors. The MC for the evening will be Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, executive producer of Busted Halo© and nephew of beloved Fr. Joseph Gallagher, CSP.
At the Cathedral of Saint Andrew
215 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Cocktails, hors devours and dinner —6pm
Catholic Information Center
360 Division Ave, S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Interested in purchasing a table?
Choose to purchase a table for eight or one of our “special guest” tables. Please contact the CIC office for details.
Individual Tables — $500.00 (8 seats available)
Special Guest Tables:
Bishop Walkowiak’s Table —$500.00 (6 seats available, the Bishop and Fr. John Ardis. CSP, will be seated at this table.)
Paulist President, Fr. Eric Andrews’ Table—$500.00 (6 seats available, Fr. Eric and Msgr. Bill Duncan will be seated at this table.)
Fr. René Constanza’s Table —$500.00 (7 seats available, Fr. René will be seated at this table.)
Fr. John Geaney’s Table —$500.00 (7 seats available, Fr. Geaney will be seated at this table.)
Fr. Jim Haley’s Table —$500.00 (7 seats available, Fr. Jim will be seated at this table.) SOLD
Fr. John Kenny’s Table —$500.00 (7 seats available, Fr. John will be seated at this table.) SOLD
Mardi Gras Dinner, Dance and Raffle
February 3, 2018
Tickets available soon!
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 RapidsBishop 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.