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Origin:
The Diocese of Grand Rapids was established May 19, 1882.
 
Bishop of Grand Rapids:
Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak

Area:
The diocese originally consisted of much of the northern and western part of the Lower Peninsula. Since 1971 the diocese comprises 11 counties of Western Michigan: Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa.

Total square miles: 6,795.

Population:
Total population of the 11-county area is estimated at 1,396,667 (2014 U.S. Census). The Catholic population is over 191,000 (2014 Official Catholic Directory or OCD)

Office Location:
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-243-0491
 
Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Summary (updated July 2018)
Office
Number
Bishop
1
Bishops Emeriti
2
Priests, Diocesan
105
Active in diocese
67
Active outside diocese
0
Retired
38
Priests, Religious Order
15
Priests from another country working in diocese
8
Retired Priests from another diocese, living in the diocese
3
​Pastoral Director ​1
Permanent Deacons
33
Brothers
1
Sisters
355
Hermits
1
Consecrated Virgin Living in the World
18
Parishes
80
Missions ​4
​Schools ​31
​Seasonal Chapels ​4
Other Pastoral Centers
0