Gerald Eugene Wilkerson

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Gerald Eugene Wilkerson
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Los Angeles
Titular Bishop of Vincennes
ArchdioceseLos Angeles
AppointedNovember 5, in 1997
InstalledJanuary 21, 1998
Term endedJuly 21, 2015
Other postsTitular Bishop of Vincennes
OrdinationJanuary 5, 1965
by James Francis McIntyre
ConsecrationJanuary 21, 1998
by Roger Mahony, Michael Patrick Driscoll, and Joseph Martin Sartoris
Personal details
Born (1939-10-21) October 21, 1939 (age 80)
Des Moines, Iowa
MottoWalk in Integrity of Heart
Styles of
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Gerald Eugene Wilkerson (born October 21, 1939) was an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Gerald Wilkerson grew up in Long Beach, California. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California and was ordained a priest on January 5, 1965, by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre. He served in the archdiocese as associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra; St. Michael, Los Angeles and American Martyrs, Manhattan Beach, and for 15 years at Our Lady of Grace Church, Encino as administrator and then pastor.

On November 5, 1997, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the Titular Bishop of Vincennes and auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles. He was consecrated a bishop on January 21, 1998. Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, was his principal consecrator, while Bishop Michael Driscoll (Bishop of Boise) and Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris were his principal co-consecrators.

Wilkerson led the archdiocese's San Fernando Pastoral Region with 54 parishes, 12 high schools, two hospitals, and five missions.

On July 21, 2015, his retirement was accepted by Pope Francis.[1]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Succeeded by