CLEVELAND - His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the 59-year-old Rev. David Walkowiak, JCD, as Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan.
Father Walkowiak is currently a priest in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish in Chagrin Falls.
"This is happy news as one of our Cleveland priests is chosen by our Holy Father to shepherd the faithful 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 Richard Lennon in a news release.
Father Walkowiak was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1979. He grew up in Westlake and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters of Divinity from St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland and received advanced studies at Catholic University of America.
He will be the 12th Bishop of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Early in his career, Father Walkowiak served as an assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Lorain. He was named an Assistant Chancellor in 2006 and has served as a Vice Chancellor in the Diocese and faculty member of St. Mary Seminary. He was named pastor of St. Joan of Arc in 2006.