Paul Vincent Donovan

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His Excellency
Paul Vincent Donovan
Province Detroit
Diocese Kalamazoo
Installed July 21, 1971
Term ended November 22, 1994
Predecessor See Established
Successor Alfred John Markiewicz
Other posts Bishop Emeritus (1994-2011)
Ordination May 20, 1950
Consecration July 21, 1971
Personal details
Born (1924-09-01)September 1, 1924
Bernard, Iowa, U.S.
Died April 27, 2011(2011-04-27)
Wayland Township, Michigan
Nationality  American
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Motto To Serve Rather Than Be Served

Paul Vincent Donovan (September 1, 1924 – April 27, 2011) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo in the state of Michigan from 1971 to 1994.


Born in Bernard, Iowa, Donovan was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Lansing (where he had moved with his parents, attending St. Mary Cathedral High School) on May 20, 1950. His seminary studies had been at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, St. Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Norwood, Ohio. On June 15, 1971 Pope Paul VI named him the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Kalamazoo. He was consecrated on July 21, 1971 by Cardinal John Francis Dearden of Detroit. The co-consecrators were Bishops Alexander M. Zaleski of Lansing and Michael Joseph Green of Reno.[1] He choose as his episcopal motto: "To Serve Rather Than Be Served."[2] He was the diocesan bishop in Kalamazoo for 23 years, retiring in 1994 for health reasons.

Bishop Donovan, 86 years old, was found dead on Thursday, April 27, 2011, outside of his vehicle following a minor accident in Wayland Township. Foul play was not suspected. Allen Henry Vigneron, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan, was the principal celebrant at the Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Funeral Mass in the Diocese of Kalamazoo's St. Augustine Cathedral. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, was the homilist. The Funeral Mass was also attended by Archbishop Vigneron's immediate predecessor, Adam Joseph Cardinal Maida, the retired Cardinal Archbishop of Detroit. Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kalamazoo.


  1. ^ "Bishop Paul Vincent Donovan". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ "History of the Diocese of Kalamazoo". Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Kalamazoo
Succeeded by
Alfred John Markiewicz