Grand Rapids Diocese gets Ohioan as new bishop

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Roman Catholics in western Michigan have a new leader.

MGN Online

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Roman Catholics in western Michigan have a new leader.

The Rev. David J. Walkowiak was installed Tuesday as bishop for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

The 60-year-old Ohio native succeeds the Bishop Walter A. Hurley. Walkowiak is the 12th bishop to serve the diocese, which has 82 parishes.

Walkowiak was serving as a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland when Pope Francis selected him in April.

Walkowiak grew up in Westlake, Ohio, and was ordained in 1979. His last assignment was as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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