New Bishop for Grand Rapids

Bishop-elect Walkowiak

Credit: Diocese of Cleveland

This morning, Pope Francis appointed Fr. David Walkowiak, 59, as the twelfth bishop of the 182,000 member Diocese of Grand Rapids. At the same time, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter Hurley, who will turn 76 on May 30th.

Bishop-elect Walkowiak was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1979. Since his ordination, he has held various posts around the Diocese, including serving on the faculty of St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe,  as well as in the Chancery offices as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese. Until his appointment this morning, Fr. Walkowiak served as Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Chagrin Falls. He also served as an associate judge on the tribunal for the Province of Cincinnati.

Bishop-elect Walkowiak will be ordained to the episcopacy and be installed as the Bishop of Grand Rapids on Tuesday, June 18th (his 60th birthday) in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

More to come.

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