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Diocese of Grand Rapids

Dioecesis Grandcataractensis
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Grand Rapids Diocese Coat of arms
Country  United States
Territory Counties of Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Montcalm, Mecosta, Lake, Mason, and Osceola
Ecclesiastical province Detroit
Area6,795 sq mi (17,600 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
166,000 [1] (12.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
EstablishedMay 19, 1882 (137 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Andrew
Patron saint St. Andrew
Secular priests110
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David J. Walkowiak
Metropolitan Archbishop Allen Henry Vigneron
Vicar GeneralWilliam H. Duncan
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Cathedral of St. Andrew

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids ( Latin: Dioecesis Grandcataractensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in western Michigan, in the United States. It comprises 102 churches in 11 counties in West Michigan. It is a suffragan see to the Archdiocese of Detroit. The mother church of the diocese is the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. On April 18, 2013, Pope Francis accepted Bishop Walter A. Hurley's resignation and appointed the Rev. David J. Walkowiak to be the twelfth Bishop of Grand Rapids.


The diocese was created from territory taken from the Diocese of Detroit on May 19, 1882 by Pope Leo XIII. In 1938, it lost territory when Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Saginaw. Further territory was lost in 1970 when Pope Paul VI created both the Diocese of Gaylord to its north and the Diocese of Kalamazoo to its south. [1] [2]

The diocese's St. Adalbert Church in Grand Rapids became one of the less than seventy minor basilicas in the United States when Pope John Paul II raised it to that rank in 1979. [3]


Bishops of Grand Rapids

  1. Henry J. Richter (1883–1916)
  2. Michael J. Gallagher (1916–1918), appointed Bishop of Detoit
  3. Edward D. Kelly (1919–1926)
  4. Joseph G. Pinten (1926–1940)
  5. Joseph C. Plagens 1941–1943)
  6. Francis J. Haas (1943–1953)
  7. Allen J. Babcock (1954–1970)
  8. Joseph M. Breitenbeck (1969–1989)
  9. Robert J. Rose (1989–2003)
  10. Kevin M. Britt (2003–2004)
  11. Walter A. Hurley (2005–2013)
  12. David J. Walkowiak (2013–present)

Coadjutor Bishops

  1. Michael J. Gallagher (1915-1916)
  2. Kevin M. Britt (2002-2003)

Auxiliary Bishops

  1. Joseph Schrembs (1911), appointed Bishop of Toledo and later Bishop of Cleveland
  2. Charles Salatka (1962-1968), appointed Bishop of Marquette and later Archbishop of Oklahoma City
  3. Joseph Crescent McKinney (1968-2001)

High schools

See also


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Grand Rapids". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Grand Rapids". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  3. ^ "Basilica of St. Adalbert". GCatholic. Retrieved 2014-05-28.

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DIOCESE OF GRAND RAPIDS Latitude and Longitude:

42°57′28.8″N 85°40′02″W / 42.958000°N 85.66722°W / 42.958000; -85.66722