Cleveland Priest Named Grand Rapids Bishop

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Courtesy: Diocese of Cleveland

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland priest has been named Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bishop Richard Lennon announced Thursday that Reverend David J. Walkowiak has been appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

“While we will miss Father Walkowiak here in our diocese, and especially at St. Joan of Arc parish in Chagrin Falls, we are confidant of his ability to be a holy and pastoral bishop,” said Cleveland Bishop Lennon in a statement.

Father Walkowiak grew up in Westlake and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame before attending St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland.

Following his ordination in 1979, Father Walkowiak served at St. Mary parish in Lorain. He was named Assistant Chancellor in 2006 and served as Vice Chancellor in the Diocese and as a faculty member at St. Mary Seminary.

Father Walkowiak was since named Pastor at St. Joan of Arc parish in Chagrin Falls.

He’ll be the 12th Bishop of Grand Rapids.