Anniversary for Bishop Bradley

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jun 6, 2022 10:14 AM

Congratulations to Most Reverend Paul J Bradley on the 13th Anniversary of his installation as Bishop of Kalamazoo! May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire your ministry!

Motto: “Waiting in Joyful Hope” St.   Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:13 On June 5,   2009 Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley   was installed as the fourth Bishop for   the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Prior to   his appointment he was appointed   titular bishop of Afufenia and auxiliary   bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh   on December 16, 2004 and was   ordained on February 2, 2005.   Ordained a priest in the Diocese of   Pittsburgh on May 1, 1971 by Bishop   Vincent M. Leonard, Bishop Bradley   held various pastoral ministry   assignments both in the parishes as   well as at the diocesan level. When   then Bishop Donald Wuerl was   installed as the archbishop of Bishop   Bradley was elected administrator of   the Diocese of Pittsburgh by the   diocesan College of Consultors. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Diocese until Bishop Zubik’s installation on September 28, 2007. During his first year as bishop for the more than 100,000 Catholics in the nine-county region of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Bishop Bradley visited all 59 parishes and 22 Catholic schools in the diocese. He released his first pastoral letter, What I Have Heard and Seen in the fall of 2010. He has since written an additional three pastoral letters to the faithful including: He released “We Dare to Say: An invitation to boldly open the door to a vibrant life of faith” in 2010; “The Church: A Center of Hope; Living our Faith with Joy,” in 2014 and the recently released: “Moving Forward in Hope: Charting the Course for the Future”, September 2016. During his seven years leading the Diocese Bishop Bradley has lead a number of initiatives including a revamp of the annual diocesan appeal and the 2016 Diocesan Pastoral Plan which created 28 Parish Collaboratives from the existing 59 parishes and missions. He has ordained 16 men to the priesthood and 23 as permanent deacons. Bishop Bradley attended high school, college and graduate theology studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Ind. He also earned the Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.