Pope Francis Names Bishop Robert Gruss as 7th Bishop of Saginaw
SAGINAW — Pope Francis announced on May 24, 2019, that he selected Bishop Robert D. Gruss as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw.
Bishop Gruss was introduced to the community by Bishop Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Saginaw, during a news conference on that day.
Bishop Gruss served as Bishop of Rapid City (South Dakota) since 2011. He was installed in Saginaw on July 26.
Bishop Gruss was born June 25, 1955, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He 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 to the priesthood on July 2, 1994 by Bishop William E. Franklin, seventh Bishop of Davenport. In 2007, Pope Benedict named him a Chaplain of his Holiness, giving him the title of monsignor. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rapid City in 2011 and consecrated as a bishop on July 28, 2011.
Bishop Gruss’ previous assignments have included chancellor and diocesan vocations director for the Diocese of Davenport, as well as pastor at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He also served as vice-rector at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He also serves in the following capacities: St. Ambrose University Corporate Board, Member; Catholic Radio Association Episcopal Board, Member; Pope Leo XIII Institute, Episcopal Moderator; Institute for Priestly Formation Bishops Advisory Council, Member; National Assn. of Catholic Chaplains, Reg. VIII Episcopal Rep.; Pontifical North American College Episcopal Board of Governors.
Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop Gruss was a corporate pilot. He attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.