Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids

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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
Area 6,795 sq mi (17,600 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
166,000 [1] (12.7%)
Parishes 82
Schools 29
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established May 19, 1882 (135 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Andrew
Patron saint St. Andrew
Secular priests 110
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop David J. Walkowiak
Metropolitan Archbishop Allen Henry Vigneron
Vicar General William 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 on May 19, 1882 by Pope Leo XIII. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Detroit. It lost territory in 1938 when the Diocese of Saginaw was established and again on December 19, 1970 when both the Diocese of Gaylord and the Diocese of Kalamazoo were created.[1][2] St. Adalbert Church in Grand Rapids was raised to a minor basilica in 1979.[3]


  1. Henry Richter (1883–1916)
  2. Michael J. Gallagher (1916–1918) (coadjutor, 1915-1916)
  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 James Babcock (1954–1970)
  8. Joseph M. Breitenbeck (1969–1989)
  9. Robert John Rose (1989–2003)
  10. Kevin Michael Britt (2003–2004) (coadjutor, 2002-2003)
  11. Walter A. Hurley (2005–2013)
  12. David J. Walkowiak (2013–present)

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  1. Joseph Schrembs (1911)
  2. Charles Salatka (1962-1968)
  3. Joseph Crescent McKinney (1968-2001)

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


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