St. Ambrose graduate Monsignor Robert D. Gruss, current pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City in South Dakota. Gruss is the seventh Ambrose grad to be named a bishop.
From the Catholic Messenger:
"It's our loss and their gain," Bishop Martin Amos of the Davenport Diocese said. "I have enjoyed working with Bishop-Designate Gruss as he has taken on increasingly challenging assignments from director of vocations to chancellor to vice rector of the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican to rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. His love of God and of the people he serves will sustain him as chief shepherd for the people of the Diocese of Rapid City."
From the Quad-City Times:
"The Diocese of Rapid City has only about 25,000 Catholics, but it is a sprawling landscape mostly made up of parishes in small towns and rural areas and larger parishes in Rapid City. 'Across 43,000 square miles, that's a lot of territory,' Gruss said, joking that his mostly dormant pilot skills could be useful in moving from parish to parish. 'But I look forward to it.' Gruss said he also looks forward to connecting with people of the diocese, including the substantial Native American and Hispanic populations that add cultural diversity to the church. Go to the Q-C Times story.