Grand Rapids, Mich., Jun 21, 2005 / 22:00 pm
The faithful of Grand Rapids, who have been without a bishop since May 2004, are pleased to learn that they will receive a new shepherd in Bishop Walter Hurley, auxiliary of Detroit.
The 68-year-old bishop will be installed in his new diocese Aug. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids. Bishop Hurley succeeds Bishop Kevin Britt, who died last year.
“From the day of my arrival in Detroit 15 years ago, Bishop Hurley has been one of my closest collaborators and advisers, indeed a trusted friend,” said Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop of Detroit in an interview with WZZM-13.
“His pastoral wisdom, training in canon law, considerable skills at organization and administration, along with his deep love for the Church, have been great blessings for all of us in Detroit,” said the cardinal, who has been serving as apostolic administrator of nearby Grand Rapids since Bishop Britt's death.