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Bishop Walkowiak welcomes new bishop-elect of Gaylord

June 27, 2014

Bishop David Walkowiak made the following statement regarding today's announcement that Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Raica (RAY-cuh), Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing, will succeed Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda as bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord...


My prayers and those of the people of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are with Bishop-elect Raica as he prepares to begin his episcopacy in the Diocese of Gaylord. As I’ve worked with him through the Michigan Catholic Conference, I’ve found Bishop-elect Raica to be a wise, prayerful man who is eminently qualified to serve as bishop. I extend a heartfelt welcome to my new brother bishop in the state of Michigan and look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”

Bishop-elect Raica will be ordained a bishop on August 28, 2014, the Feast of St Augustine, at St Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.