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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter A. Hurley, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and named Father David J. Walkowiak, 59, a pastor in the Diocese of Cleveland, to succeed him.
The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, April 18, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-designate Walkowiak was born June 18, 1953, in Cleveland. He was ordained a priest for the Cleveland Diocese in 1979. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master of divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary of Cleveland and a licentiate and doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America CUA).
Assignments after ordination include 1979-1984, associate pastor, St. Mary Parish, Lorain, Ohio; 1984-1988, study at CUA; 1988-2006, vice-chancellor, Cleveland Diocese and professor and vice-rector at St. Mary Seminary; and 2006-present, pastor, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Bishop Hurley was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1965. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Detroit in 2003 and Bishop of Grand Rapids, in 2005.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids has 6,795 square miles and includes 11 counties in the Lower Peninsula of the State of Michigan. It has a population of 1,283,717 people, of whom 178,000, or 14 percent, are Catholic.
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