Victor Hermann Balke

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Victor Herman Balke
Bishop Emeritus of Crookston
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
AppointedJuly 7, 1976
InstalledSeptember 2, 1976
RetiredSeptember 28, 2007
PredecessorKenneth Joseph Povish
SuccessorMichael Joseph Hoeppner
OrdinationMay 24, 1958
by William Aloysius O'Connor
ConsecrationSeptember 2, 1976
by John Roach, Joseph Alphonse McNicholas, and William Aloysius O'Connor
Personal details
Born (1931-09-29) 29 September 1931 (age 92)
MottoBless the Lord my soul
Styles of
Victor Herman Balke
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Victor Herman Balke (September 29, 1931) is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota from 1976 to 2007.


Early life[edit]

Born on September 29, 1931, in Meppen, Illinois (in Calhoun County), Victor Balke's parents were Elizabeth Knese and Bernard Balke, Sr. He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Meppen as well as the Monterey Grade School. Balke graduated from Hardin County High School in 1949 and entered seminary in September 1949.[1]


Balke was ordained into the priesthood on May 24, 1958, by Bishop William A. O’Connor for the Diocese of Springfield.[2]

Following his ordination,, Balke served as assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish for four years and was chaplain at St. Joseph Home for the Aged. Later, he was named procurator, and then rector of the diocesan Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois. He served on the Matrimonial Tribunal as synodal judge and defender of the bond. He was also chair of the diocesan Commission on Ecumenism and secretary-treasurer of the priests’ souncil.[1]

Bishop of Crookston[edit]

Balke was appointed as the sixth bishop of Crookston by Pope Paul VI on July 3, 1976. He was consecrated by Archbishop John Roach on September 2, 1976.[2] [1]

After reaching his 75th birthday, the mandatory retirement age for bishops, Balke submitted his letter of resignation as bishop of the Diocese of Crookston to Pope Benedict XVI.[2] The pope accepted Balke's resignation on September 28, 2007. Balke remained as apostolic administrator of the diocese until Reverend Michael Hoeppner was installed as its new bishop on November 30, 2007.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hoerner, Michael. "Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Balke of Crookston". Catholic Times. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Victor Herman Balke [Catholic-Hierarchy]". Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Crookston". Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-07-21.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Crookston
September 2, 1976 – September 28, 2007
Succeeded by