SALINA — Pope Francis today named Monsignor Gerald “Jerry” L. Vincke as new bishop of the Diocese of Salina.
Bishop-elect Vincke, 53, is pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Mich. He succeeds Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, who was named bishop of Tucson, Ariz. on Oct. 3, 2017.
The announcement was made official at noon today in Rome, 5 a.m. Central time. Vincke was introduced to the public in a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Salina.
"I am overjoyed with the news of the appointment of Bishop-elect Gerald L. Vincke to the Diocese of Salina,” Weisenburger said.
“Bishop-elect Vincke will soon discover that he has been led to a vibrant Diocese with a strong and healthy presbyterate and a Catholic lay faithful strong in their commitment to Christ and His Church. My prayers are with him today, along with prayerful gratitude to God for sending the good people of Salina a loving and faithful new shepherd,” Weisenburger said.
Vincke was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1999, at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Mich., by Bishop Carl F. Mengeling. He was parochial vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1999 to 2001.
He became the director at Bethany House, a retreat house for youth, from 2001 to 2004. He also participated in the Institute for Priestly Formation Program at Creighton University for several summers. Additionally, he became the director for 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 License in Sacred Theology, with a focus on spiritual theology, in 2015.
His Tesina is titled “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, Mich., a suburb of Flint, Mich. Additionally, he currently serves on the Presbyteral Council, the Priest Assignment Committee, and the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Lansing, Mich.
Vincke was born July 9, 1964, in Saginaw, Mich., the ninth of 10 children of Henry and Fidelis Vincke. He attended New Lothrop High School and Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., where he obtained a degree in public relations and marketing. He completed his Philosophy studies at St. Thomas More College in Crestview, Ky., and his theology studies at Athenaeum Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Mich.
His father died in June 2000, and his mother is in an assisted living facility in Chesaning, Mich. 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.
A Michigan priest has been named bishop-elect of the Salina Diocese of the Catholic Church.
Monsignor Gerald “Jerry” L. Vincke was named the 12th bishop of the diocese at 5 a.m. CST by Pope Francis in Rome.
Vincke was ordained in June 1999 at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Mich. He is pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Mich., a suburb of Flint, Mich.
Vincke will be introduced at a 2 p.m. press conference in Salina that will be available on Facebook.
The Salina Diocese comprises 31 counties in northern Kansas and ministers to about 44,300 Catholics.
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