Ohio priest to be next bishop for Grand Rapids area - Apr 18th, 2013 - Local

— Pope Francis has appointed a priest from the Diocese of Cleveland as the next bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in western Michigan.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids announced Thursday that 59-year-old David John Walkowiak (wahl-COH'-vee-ak) will be its 12th bishop. Walkowiak will succeed Bishop Walter A. Hurley, who submitted his resignation in 2012 at the age required by the church of 75.

Hurley will retire June 18, the same day Walkowiak will be installed as bishop.

Walkowiak grew up in Westlake, Ohio and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1979. He is currently pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids serves 82 parishes and about 182,000 Roman Catholics in West Michigan.