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Ambrose Grad is Newest American Catholic Bishop

July 2011


On Thursday, July 28, St. Ambrose graduate Robert Gruss '90 was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The newest American Catholic Bishop and St. Ambrose's seventh graduate to be named as such, Gruss chose "No Greater Love" as the motto for his new ministry. Having entered the priesthood at the age of 38, Gruss asks, "Who could have written this script except the Lord?"

From the Rapid City Journal:
'I am thrilled to be your bishop'
"'You have no idea of the joy in my heart right now. I am thrilled to be your bishop,' Bishop Robert Gruss told Catholics in western South Dakota after a 2½-hour ordination ceremony Thursday at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center."

From the Catholic Messenger:
'Persons, places and things: Farewell, Godspeed, Bishop Bob Gruss!'
"Today one of our own diocesan priests, Robert Gruss, will be ordained bishop for the Diocese of Rapid City, S.D. In planning a special edition—scheduled for Aug. 4—to celebrate his new ministry and bid him farewell, we asked readers to share memories of how Bishop Gruss touched their lives. Collectively, these reflections capture the essence of a man deeply in love with God and committed to serving God's people no matter what sacrifices might be required."

'Future bishop takes oath'
"Bishop-designate Robert Gruss made his profession of faith and oath of fidelity in preparation to become bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, S.D. Both of these pledges are required when assuming an office in the name of the Church."

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.

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