...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Bishop-elect Edward M. Lohse, a 61-year-old priest from Erie, Pennsylvania, has been chosen by Pope Francis to serve as the new bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The appointment comes after the resignation of Bishop Paul J. Bradley, aged 77, who had been leading the diocese.
Lohse’s official installation ceremony is scheduled to take place on July 25, 2023.
Transition of Leadership:
Following Bishop Bradley’s resignation, he will continue to serve as the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Kalamazoo until Bishop-elect Lohse’s ordination.
The ordination ceremony will be held at St. Augustine Cathedral.
This transitional period ensures a smooth handover of responsibilities.
Overview of the Diocese of Kalamazoo:
The Diocese of Kalamazoo encompasses nine counties in southwest Michigan and is home to approximately 80,000 Catholics.
Within its boundaries, there are 59 parishes and 21 Catholic schools.
The diocese plays a significant role in serving the spiritual needs of the Catholic community in the region.
Bishop-Elect Lohse’s Background and Experience:
Prior to his appointment, Bishop-elect Lohse held the position of vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Erie since 2017.
Over the course of his 34-year-long priesthood, he has served in various roles, including parish priest, high school chaplain, vocations director, chancellor, official in the Vatican’s Dicastery for Clergy, director of the child protection office, and adjunct faculty member at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He brings a wealth of experience to his new position.
Personal Background and Education:
Bishop-elect Lohse, who grew up in Pennsylvania as the sixth child in a family of seven, pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in history before entering the seminary.
He was ordained as a priest in April 1989.
In addition to his theological studies, he holds a license and doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Bishop-Elect Lohse’s Vision:
Expressing gratitude for the appointment, Bishop-elect Lohse acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead.
However, he emphasized the importance of unity and support within the diocese, relying on the prayers of Bishop Bradley, the priests, religious, and laity.
He pledged his own prayers and commitment to the people of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, expressing a shared mission to proclaim Christ and serve the community.
With the appointment of Bishop-elect Edward M. Lohse, the Diocese of Kalamazoo welcomes new leadership as it prepares for a transition in its diocesan administration.
The upcoming ordination and installation ceremony will mark the beginning of Bishop Lohse’s tenure, during which he aims to guide the diocese in its commitment to proclaiming Christ and serving God’s people.