Events are listed chronologically by date – scroll down for additional event dates and details.

Exploring the Priesthood Discernment Group Meetings

2020 Dates – Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17
Hosted by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Meetings on the dates listed above take place from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn more.
St. Robert of Newminster Church
6477 Ada Dr.
Ada, MI
Business office conference room 506 | Enter through Door A


Mass for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Jan. 22

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Facebook event)
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, our nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in our country. We encourage the faithful of the diocese to observe that day as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Mark the Day of Prayer with Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. to reaffirm our commitment to the Gospel of life and to the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome!

Take part in “9 Days for Life,” a multi-faceted novena available through the USCCB for the respect and protection of human life. Each day from Jan. 21-29, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at For additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, click here.


March for Life 2019, Holy Family Parish youth, Caledonia
March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
Washington, D.C.

General Information: (EnglishEspañol)

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. Each year since 1973, on this somber anniversary, the peaceful demonstration that takes place in our nation’s capital has been a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation in our time, legalized abortion on demand.

The Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults annually offers the opportunity for high school age young people in the diocese to participate in the 2020 March for Life in Washington D.C. The event is an opportunity to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life. Along with students from high schools and colleges/universities throughout our diocese, many of our parishes as well as Grand Rapids Right to Life will be represented in the March.

Please pray for our pilgrims and pray for and do your part to advocate for the sanctity of life.
View Respect Life resources on our website.

Questions about the March for Life Pilgrimage? 

General Information: (English | Español)
If the answer to your question(s) is not contained in the information above, please contact Mark Mann, diocesan director of family, youth and young adult ministries.

Watch coverage of the March for Life

On EWTN and CatholicTV: On the EWTN website, via Facebook Live ( ), or on the free EWTN mobile app available in the Google Play Store or on Apple iTunes.

Also view: EWTN TV Schedule | EWTN channel finder

Stay connected on social media

Stay connected with our March for Life pilgrims on Facebook and Twitter.

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Catholic Schools Week 2020

Sunday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
Observed in schools and parishes throughout the diocese with various Masses, events and other activities. Watch for additional details coming soon!

The more than 6,500 students in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are among nearly 2 million around the country who’ll celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1 This annual celebration highlights everything that makes Catholic education outstanding.​ Learn more, find a Catholic school near you at


Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Soup’s On For All!

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Click here for tickets. (Facebook event)

Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact Holly Salas, Volunteer Coordinator, at

For event questions, please contact Karol Maurer at or 616.356.6207.


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2020 Building a Legacy/KEPHA Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2020
West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Click here for tickets. (Facebook event)

Guess what? God wants to do GREAT things in your life. Now it’s time for you to let him. Attend the Building A Legacy/KEPHA Catholic Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 14 at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. It’s one power-packed and spirit-filled day of 1,000+ men coming together to get right with our Creator and learning how to live bold, fearless lives of faith in a world that wants you to cower. Amazing lineup of nationally (and internationally) renowned speakers. Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak. See tickets section above to register.

Questions? Contact Deacon Jim Thorndill at 616-242-0422.


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SHINE Middle School Youth Rally

Saturday, March 21, 2020
West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Contact your parish youth ministry leader for more info or to register. Early-bird registration through March 8.
Not affiliated with a parish youth ministry program but would still like your child to attend?
Individual registration is available. Click here to register an individual.

The 2020 Shine Youth Rally for Middle School Youth in grades 6-8 will be held Saturday, March 21 at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. The event will feature Andrew Brown and the John Trabbic Band.

Questions? Email,, or call 734-656-8223.


Beacons of Light – Council of Catholic Women’s Detroit Province Triennial Convention

April 24-25, 2020
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Convention concludes on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Bavarian Inn Lodge – Frankenmuth, Michigan
For registration information and hotel room block details, email or contact Janet at 616-915-5930. Convention cost – $90 pp plus accommodations; Banquet only $40 (subject to availability) Click registration form link for room rate and additional details. Registration deadline – Monday, March 23; no refunds after April 6.
(Registration Form)

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (GRDCCW) invites all Catholic women to join them for the Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women Triennial Convention, Beacons of Light, being held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This year’s event coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women as the voice for all Catholic women instituted by the U.S. bishops in 1920. Join them for this event that will include Mass with several of our Michigan bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship with women from all over the state.

Mass will be concelebrated by Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Stephen J. Raica, bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea, bishop of Lansing, and Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, bishop of Kalamazoo.

Speakers are:

Sister Janet Schaeffler – Sister Janet is a national leader, author, teacher and a Dominican sister.
Father Patrick Maher – Father Patrick is a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord serving St. Paul Parish, Onaway, and St. Monica Parish, Afton.
Bill Richart – Bill is the music director at St. William Parish in Walled Lake.
Elizabeth Gengle – Elizabeth is director of adult faith formation and high school youth ministry at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey. She established Movements of the Heart Retreat Ministry and is enthusiastic about Ignatian spirituality, the interior life, and St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
Sheri Wohlfert – Sheri is a Catholic mom, wife, speaker, teacher and writer. 


Discover other Catholic enrichment opportunities in the diocese:  Catholic Information Center | Dominican Center at Marywood | Franciscan Life Process CenterLakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE)