Diocese of Grand Rapids

Investigation of MI Catholic Dioceses

Michigan Department of the Attorney General announced an investigation into the seven Catholic dioceses of Michigan. At this time, the investigation dates back to 1950 and looks solely at priests, both diocesan and religious order. The investigation pertains solely to the abuse and sexual assault of children. The internal investigation is being conducted by the AG’s office and is expected to take…

Background information on Safe Environments

Background information on safe environments in the Diocese of Grand Rapids We deeply apologize to anyone who has been a victim of abuse by a member of clergy. We acknowledge the awful, lifetime physical, mental, and spiritual effects of abuse. Public attention on this issue will likely evoke traumatic memories for people, who may then choose to come forward. As…

9/19: Updated Information on Sex Abuse Scandals

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority September 19, 2018 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to “heal and protect with…

Vianney Visit

Vianney Visit provides men, ages 16 – 24, the opportunity to take a closer look at the priesthood by experiencing a few days in the life of a seminarian at St. John Vianney College Seminary.  

Anniversary Mass

Together with your families, the Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you.  Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (celebrating wedding anniversaries, such as 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 years, and up.  Family members and others, of course, are welcome at this Mass…

Called to Permanent Diaconate?

Do you feel called to the permanent diaconate? The process of forming the next cohort of permanent deacons will begin soon. To be considered, an applicant must be a Roman Catholic man at least 35 years of age, an active member of his parish, and live within the diocese. He must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature…

Share the Journey

Bishop Walkowiak along with the staff of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) is encouraging parishes to participate in a global campaign called “Share the Journey“. It will be launched by Pope Francis on September 27 and will continue through September 2019. We can join Pope Francis and the Church around the world, and share…