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New Salina Diocese Bishop Appointed

Gerald VinckeAt Noon on Wednesday in Rome (5 AM Central Time), Pope Francis named Monsignor Gerald "Jerry" L. Vincke as new Bishop of the Diocese of Salina.

His current assignment with the Diocese of Lansing is Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

He succeeds Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, who was named Bishop of Tucson, Arizona on October 3, 2017.

Bishop Elect Vincke was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1999 at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Michigan by Bishop Carl F. Mengeling. He was parochial vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1999 to 2001. He became the director at Bethany House, a retreat house for youth, from 2001 to 2004. He attended the Creighton University for Spirituality courses in the summer of 2001. He also participated in the Institute for Priestly Formation Program at Creighton University for several summers. Additionally, he became the Director of Seminarians and Vocation Director in 2003, becoming full-time in those positions and relinquishing duties at Bethany House in 2004. He was the Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 2010 to 2015. While in Rome, he completed the requirements for the S.T.L. (License in Sacred Theology), with a focus on Spiritual Theology, in 2015. His Tesina is entitled: "Following the Path of St. John Vianney for the New Evangelization with Evangelii Guadium as a Guide." In 2012, he was named a Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI. In 2015, upon his return to the Diocese of Lansing, he was assigned as the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan (a suburb of Flint, Michigan). Additionally, he currently serves on the Presbyteral Council, the Priest Assignment Committee and the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Bishop Elect Vincke was born on July 9, 1964 in Saginaw, Michigan, the ninth of 10 children of Henry and Fidelis Vincke. He attended New Lothrop High School and Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, where he obtained a degree in public relations and marketing. He completed his Philosophy studies at St. Thomas More College in Crestview, Kentucky and his Theology studies at Athenaeum Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

His father died in June of 2000 and his mother is in an assisted living facility in Chesaning, Michigan. His family includes six brothers and three sisters­.

Ordination and installation plans are still pending. Seating will be limited. Information will be released as it becomes available.

The Salina Diocese covers more than 26,000 square miles in northern Kansas and ministers to more than 44,000 Catholics.

(Information and photo courtesy Catholic Diocese of Salina.)

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