Francis R. Reiss

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Francis Ronald Reiss
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Detroit
Titular Bishop of Remesiana
Bishop Francis R. Reiss.jpg
Bishop Reiss giving the blessing after
pontifical low mass on August 12, 2012.
Archdiocese Detroit
Appointed July 7, 2003
Installed August 12, 2003
Term ended November 11, 2015
Other posts Titular Bishop of Remesiana
Ordination June 4, 1966
by John Dearden
Consecration August 12, 2003
by Adam Cardinal Maida, Edmund Szoka, and Walter Joseph Schoenherr
Personal details
Born (1940-11-11) November 11, 1940 (age 77)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Denomination Catholic Church
Alma mater University of Detroit, St. John Provincial Seminary, Pontifical Gregorian University
Styles of
Francis Ronald Reiss
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Francis Ronald Reiss (born November 11, 1940) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit until Pope Francis accepted his resignation on November 11, 2015.


Francis Reiss was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, to Joseph and Emily Reiss. The oldest of the three children, he has a sister, Sandra, and brother, John. He attended St. Stephen Elementary School and St. Andrew High School before entering Sacred Heart Seminary, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1962. He then studied at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth.

Reiss was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John Dearden on June 4, 1966. He did his postgraduate studies at the University of Detroit, earning a Master's degree in Religious Studies (1972) and a Master's in Education (1973). He also received a Master's in Divinity from St. John Provincial Seminary in 1974, and a Licentiate of Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1984. Reiss served as campus minister at the University of Michigan and at Henry Ford Community College, and dean of admissions and academic dean of the School of Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary. He also served as defender of the bond on Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, director of the Archdiocesan Department of Education, and Archdiocesan Vicar of the Southland Vicariate. He served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Detroit, St. Mary Parish in Port Huron, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Detroit's Westside, and St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park. On July 7, 2003, Reiss was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Remesiana by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 12 from Adam Cardinal Maida, with Edmund Cardinal Szoka and Walter Schoenherr serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: "In Christo Omnia" (Philippians 4:13).

He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2008 and it has been in remission since 2009. He submitted his resignation as bishop as required on his 75th birthday, and Pope Francis accepted it that day.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
Succeeded by