Victor Hermann Balke
Victor Herman Balke
|Bishop Emeritus of Crookston|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||July 7, 1976|
|Installed||September 2, 1976|
|Term ended||September 28, 2007|
|Predecessor||Kenneth Joseph Povish|
|Successor||Michael Joseph Hoeppner|
|Ordination||May 24, 1958|
by William Aloysius O'Connor
|Consecration||September 2, 1976|
by John Roach, Joseph Alphonse McNicholas, and William Aloysius O'Connor
|Motto||Bless the Lord my soul|
Victor Herman Balke
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Born in Meppen, Illinois (in Calhoun County), 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.
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. He served on the Matrimonial Tribunal as synodal judge and defender of the bond. He was also the chairman of the Diocesan Commission on Ecumenism and secretary-treasurer of the Priests’ Council.
Bishop of Crookston
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. The pope accepted Balke's resignation on September 28, 2007. Balke remained as apostolic administrator of the diocese until Father Michael Hoeppner was installed as its new bishop on November 30, 2007.
- Hoerner, Michael. "Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Balke of Crookston". ct.dio.org. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
- "Bishop Victor Herman Balke [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
- "Diocese of Crookston". Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-07-21.