SALINA — Pope Francis today named Msgr. Gerald (Jerry) L. Vincke as new bishop of the Diocese of Salina.
The announcement was made official at noon Wednesday in Rome (5 a.m. Central Daylight Time).
Bishop-elect Vincke, 53, presently is the 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 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish of Solomon, St. Andrew Parish in Abilene, St. Michael Parish in Chapman, St. Phillip Parish in Hope and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Herington are in the Catholic Diocese of Salina.
“I am overjoyed with the news of the appointment of Bishop-elect Gerald L. Vincke to the Diocese of Salina. 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,” said Bishop Weisenburger, who was at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) General Assembly in Florida and not available for further comment.
“The Diocese of Lansing is very happy to join in the celebration of the nomination of Monsignor Gerald Vincke as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas. The priests of our diocese as well as myself will deeply miss our brother priest as he moves into this new ministry. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has honored not only Msgr. Vincke but our diocese with this appointment,” said Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Mich. “We offer to Pope Francis our love and gratitude. Certainly, the good people of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan, will also miss their pastor since they recognize in him the very gifts which the Holy See finds will provide loving leadership to the Diocese of Salina. He is a fine priest, a man of deep faith in Jesus Christ, and a gentle soul. Our loss is most sincerely their gain.”
Bishop-elect 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 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, 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.
Bishop-elect Vincke was born on 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 of 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.