Pope Francis appoints Rapid City bishop to Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Thursday Pope Francis appointed Rev. Robert D. Gruss as the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.
Bishop Gruss will be installed as the Bishop of Saginaw on Friday, July 26, succeeding the late Bishop Joseph R. Cistone. The diocese is currently being administered by Bishop Walter A. Hurley and includes 56 parishes in 11 Michigan counties, encompassing 6,955 square miles. The Diocese of Saginaw is home to approximately 100,000 Catholics.
Born in Texarkana, Arkansas, Bishop Gruss attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1990-1994 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology and a master’s degree in Spiritual Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa in 1994.
On May 26, 2011 he was named the 8th bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City and was ordained to the episcopacy, July 28, 2011.