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About the Diocese

Mission Statement
As Roman Catholic Christians of the Grand Rapids Diocese, we are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We proclaim the Gospel with fidelity to the Sacred Scriptures and the teachings of the Church. We aim to live Christ’s Gospel in union with our Holy Father the Pope, the bishop of Rome. We do so under the leadership of our bishop, the Shepherd of the Catholic community in the 11 counties of West Michigan which constitute the Diocese of Grand Rapids. 

We dedicate ourselves to the mission of Jesus by building communities of faith which worship together and welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives. These communities give witness to God’s saving presence among us through the ministries of teaching and healing, of forgiving and reconciling. Through schools and hospitals, in churches, families, and organizations, we seek to bring the truth and justice, the mercy and love, and the great peace of Christ to our society.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids was established May 19, 1882 and originally consisted of much of the northern and western parts of the Lower Peninsula. Since 1971 the diocese comprises 11 counties of Western Michigan: Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids currently serves over 191,000 Catholics, 80 parishes, and 31 schools (including four high schools, one private high school, 26 elementary schools) located within its 11-counties. The diocese is also home to one Catholic college. Connect with the diocese on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-243-0491 (main switchboard)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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