New Diocese of Lansing Chief of Staff Appointed


Bishop Earl Boyea has appointed a new Chief of Staff of the Diocese of Lansing. She is Lisa Kutas, pictured, who is presently the diocesan Director of Human Resources, a post she has occupied for the past decade. Lisa begins her new role in October. She’ll succeed Deb Amato who is stepping down after serving as the first-ever female Chief of Staff of any US diocese over the past four years.

“After much prayer and discernment, I agreed to accept the offer from Bishop Boyea to become the new Chief of Staff of the Diocese of Lansing and, indeed, I am honored that he would ask me,” said Lisa, August 24, “I trust in the Lord and his guidance through the Bishop. If this is what is next for me to serve His Church, then I will joyfully serve as Chief of Staff.”

The post of Chief of Staff involves coordinating the diocese’s internal operations and administrative affairs; implementing the Bishop’s vision and directives; and ensuring that the members of the chancery properly fulfill the office entrusted to them including serving the clergy, staff and lay faithful of the diocese’s 72 parishes, 34 schools, and 5 charitable agencies spread throughout a ten-county diocese.

Lisa Kutas is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in Theology. Prior to joining the Diocese of Lansing in 2011, Lisa was Director of Human Resources at Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. She has been married to Mike since 2002. They have two daughters, Elaine and Paige. The Kutas family are parishioners of Saint Mary in Charlotte.

“The post of Chief of Staff has to be occupied by somebody of great professional competence and, more importantly, somebody whose life is obviously motivated by a great love for Jesus Christ and his Holy Church,” said Bishop Boyea.

“That aptly describes Deb Amato who has given four years of unstinting service for which I am hugely grateful. It also aptly describes Lisa Kutas whom I am delighted has accepted my offer to become our new Chief of Staff. For that, Lisa has my gratitude and, of course, my prayers.”

Lisa will take over from Deb Amato on October 29, 2021. The two women are already working together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Deb has served the Diocese of Lansing in various senior roles over the past 11 years including Chief of Staff since 2017. In family life, Deb has been married to Mark for over three decades. They have four children and 13 grandchildren who “keep them very busy”. Deb will continue to play a pivotal role in the Diocese of Lansing’s Realign Resources for Mission process which she helped to initiate back in 2019.

“I am so grateful to Bishop Boyea for his confidence in me and his trust over the past four years as Chief of Staff,” said Deb.

“He has supported my leadership and entertained my sometimes ‘crazy’ ideas directed towards the continued growth and flourishing in both the work of the chancery and the diocesan-wide work of ministry. I have been greatly blessed for having served alongside so many faithful and faith-filled people in this vineyard.”



When Bishop Boyea came to Lansing in 2008 there were 94 parishes in the Diocese. By 2021 that number has shrunk to 72. Many people do not attend Mass, populations have shifted, the overall population of our diocese is shrinking and many of our priests are reaching retirement age. For all these reasons and more, it was deemed necessary to be proactive and make sure our resources are deployed in such a way as to best minister to the faithful all across the ten counties of our Diocese. The RRM process is not meant to close churches. It is fostering a spirit of unity so we can all work together for the good of souls and the glory of God.

Please consider joining in the discussions about this important process at Lumen Christi next Sunday evening. Your feedback will be of great value to those who have undertaken this important task at the request of our Bishop.

Saint Anthony Catholic Church Parish Mission September 12-16, 2021

Fr. Bill Casey of the Fathers of Mercy will be preaching at St. Anthony’s (11 N. Broad St.) in Hillsdale September 12–16. If you would like to know more about your faith, this mission is for you. If you think you are in need of spiritual growth, this mission is for you. If you are a sinner or a saint or anywhere in between, this mission is for you. Fr. Casey will preach all weekend Masses on September 11 and 12 followed by the preaching schedule below. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having served as the Superior General of the Congregation and a frequent speaker on EWTN.

Confirmation Introduction Meeting


CONFIRMATION: If you have a child that will be in 9th grade or older and ready for Confirmation, please attend the Intro Meeting on Sunday Sept 12 after the 11 am Mass. Mrs. Jen Loar will give a tentative year schedule for classes, community service, retreat and Confirmation date. If you have any questions, please call her at 517-673-1185 or email

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 22, 2022

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

On August 13th the Diocese held their annual vocations night at the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball stadium.  (If you are curious, the Lansing Lugnuts beat the Dayton Dragons 7-6)!  All the seminarians were there along with many of the priests and sisters.  It was very encouraging and uplifting evening.  On behalf of all those discerning a call to religious life, I want to say thank you for your prayers and encouragement.  They mean more than you could know.

Whenever we speak about vocations, the attention tends to shift to religious callings.  What I was most moved by that night, though, was the other great vocation of marriage.  Before the game, all the seminarians gathered with their families for a dinner.  The hall was filled with the noise of chatter, laughter, and the noise of kids running all over the place.  Families are the foundation for every vocation.  Families rooted in Christ’s love bear abundant fruit, and that was what was evident that night.

Whenever you hear the vocation story of someone who is entering religious life, you are often given a picture of their home life.  Not stories that were perfect, but ones where families strove amidst all the busyness and demands of our modern world to make Christ the center.  I know this consists of parents striving and at times failing in their endeavors, but it is so important for those growing up to see their parents making that effort.

Indeed, I know parents can wonder if what they are doing is going to have any effect.  Is the chaotic prayer time filled with kids who are not paying any attention doing any good?  Does fighting for and finding the Mass while on vacation in a place that isn’t home worth it?  Does being willing to stand out in the world and sometimes even among our friends and family for our faith matter?  Can all these things, done imperfectly, be used by God?

The answer is an emphatic Yes!  A yes witnessed at that Lugnuts game, in all these men and women answering a call from God because they saw what their parents did in and for their families.  For when He called, they had already been shown the way.  Let us pray for, support, and encourage our families, which are the seedbed for all vocations.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 22, 2022

Information Night

We are so excited about the 2021-2022 school year! The families that are a part of our school are wonderful and we have missed spending time together, building our community of support. The teachers and staff at Sacred Heart are looking forward to all of the fun activities, volunteering, supporting our church and creating a strong sense of community.

Tuesday, August 24

5:45pm ~ Mass (Adoration/Confession begins at 4:45).

6:15pm ~ Stay at the church for Beginning of the School Year Talk by Principal Anne Atkin

6:30pm ~ Walk to the school for Hot Dogs and Chips cooked by the Knights of Columbus

Visit your classroom and get important information from your teacher about the school year.

Drop off school supplies


We will be asking these questions at Information Night:

  • How will you know if this year is going well?
  • What is the most important part of your child’s education?
  • What gifts are you willing to share with Sacred Heart School?


Your input helps us to improve and make good decisions concerning all aspects of Sacred heart School as we grow. Thank you so much for taking the time to reflect on these questions. We can’t wait to see you all on Tuesday, August 24th.


Have a blessed weekend!

Anne Atkin, Principal