Catholic Diocese of Lansing Participates in Fight For Flint

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, in cooperation with the Flint and Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, professional match maker Don Elbaum announce the October 1, 2016 pro boxing event “Fight for Flint” to be held at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

Fight for Flint will bring added awareness and support to individuals and families served through Catholic Charities’ three community-based Soup Kitchens, three Sandwich Programs and a large Community Closet of personal care, household, clothing and linen items for anyone in need of immediate support.

Fight fans will be able to see incredible fights including Alicia “Slick” Ashley and Former World Champion, Fatuma “The African Queen” Zarika, Tim Littles of Flint vs. Ex-World Champion Robert “The Fighting Preacher” Daniels, with Troy Albring, in his pro debut. As well as future world heavyweight champion Juiseppi “The Italian Stallion” Cusumanu, and local stars, Rafael Pedro, Nate Green, Antonio Wade and Ramone Hernandez. Among the celebrities attending and helping to support the cause will be Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, Roy Jones, Jr., and sportscaster, and radio personality, Roy Foreman.

As the foundation of Catholic Charities’ mission to Provide Help and Create Hope, healthy meals, food pantry items, clean water, infant formula and many other resources, including counseling, substance abuse treatment/recovery and prevention and outreach assistance services that support healthy development and positive outcomes are offered to all who seek assistance.

“Flint needs our help, and Catholic Charities and other partners are here to offer it,” says Vicky L. Schultz, CEO of Catholic Charities. “Everyone everywhere needs to know about the hardship we are experiencing here, and all the efforts being made by so many to provide help and hope for the people of Flint.”

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History of Diocese of Lansing

The Diocese of Lansing, originally comprised of 15 Southern Michigan counties, was established by Pope Pius XI by proclamation dated May 22, 1937. Previously, these counties had been part of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Grand Rapids. In May 1938 with the establishment of the Diocese of Saginaw, the counties of Allegan, Barry and Ionia were annexed from the Diocese of Lansing to the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and the counties of Genesee, Livingston and Shiawassee were annexed from the Archdiocese of Detroit to the Diocese of Lansing. In July 1971 from the Dioceses of Lansing, Grand Rapid and Saginaw, the Dioceses of Kalamazoo and Gaylord were formed. At that time, Washtenaw and Lenawee Counties were annexed to the Diocese of Lansing from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The Diocese of Lansing is currently comprised of 10 counties covering 6,218 square miles: Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties. Major cities are Lansing, Adrian, Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson, Owosso and Ypsilanti. 2013 figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau estimate the total population in the 10 county area at 1,795,538. The Official Catholic Directory 2014 approximates the diocesan Catholic population at 195,858.

Bishops of Lansing

Most Reverend Joseph H. Albers of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was appointed first bishop of Lansing in 1937 and served until his death in 1965.

Most Reverend Alexander M. Zaleski of the Archdiocese of Detroit became the second bishop of Lansing in 1965 and served until his death in 1975.

Most Reverend Kenneth J. Povish of the Diocese of Crookston became the third bishop of Lansing in 1975 and served until his retirement in 1995. He died Sept. 5, 2003.

Monsignor Carl F. Mengeling of the Diocese of Gary became the fourth bishop of Lansing upon ordination and installation on Jan. 25, 1996.

Most Reverend Earl Boyea of the Archdiocese of Detroit was installed as the fifth bishop of Lansing on April 29, 2008.

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Diocese of Lansing
228 N. Walnut St
Lansing, MI 48933
T: 517-342-2440

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Lansing, MI 48906
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