Michael William Warfel

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Michael William Warfel
Bishop of Great Falls–Billings
ArchdiocesePortland in Oregon
DioceseGreat Falls–Billings
AppointedNovember 20, 2007
InstalledJanuary 16, 2008
PredecessorAnthony Michael Milone
OrdinationApril 26, 1980
by Francis Thomas Hurley
ConsecrationDecember 17, 1996
by Francis Thomas Hurley, Michael Joseph Kaniecki, and William S. Skylstad
Personal details
Born (1948-09-16) September 16, 1948 (age 70)
Elkhart, Indiana
Previous postBishop of Juneau
Styles of
Michael William Warfel
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Michael William Warfel (born September 16, 1948) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church serving as the bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.


Michael Warfel was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and studied at Indiana University; St. Gregory's College Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy; Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West, earning his Master's of Divinity; and St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont, earning his Master's in Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 26, 1980. He then performed pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

On November 19, 1996, Warfel was appointed the fourth Bishop of Juneau by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 17 from Archbishop Francis Hurley, with Bishops Michael Kaniecki, SJ, and William Skylstad serving as co-consecrators. Warfel was Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1999 to 2002. He was later named Apostolic Administrator of Fairbanks on October 23, 2001, resigning upon the appointment of Donald Joseph Kettler on June 7, 2002.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI named him the seventh Bishop of Great Falls-Billings, Montana on November 20, 2007.[2] He was formally installed in his new post by Archbishop John Vlazny on January 16, 2008.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Warfel also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, and as a member of the administrative committee for the USCCB.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whispers in the Loggia. Big Sky Gets its Bishop January 18, 2007
  2. ^ Billings Gazette. Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings installs new bishop[permanent dead link] January 17, 2008

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Anthony Michael Milone
Bishop of Great Falls-Billings
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Hughes Kenny
Bishop of Juneau
Succeeded by
Edward J. Burns