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Robert John Rose, American Bishop. Member National Conference Catholic Bishops M C.


Rose, Robert John was born on February 28, 1930 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Urban H. and Maida A. (Glerum) Rose.


Student, St. Joseph Seminary, 1944-1950;Bachelor of Arts, Seminaire de Philosophie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1952;Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Pontifical Urban U., Rome, 1956;Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1962.


He served as Bishop of Gaylord (1981–89) and Bishop of Grand Rapids (1989–2003). He continued his studies at the University de Propaganda Fide in Rome, where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1956. He ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Clemente Micara on December 21, 1955.

Following his return to Grand Rapids, Rose became a professor at St. Joseph's Seminary in August 1956. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1962. He became dean of the college department at St. Joseph's Seminary in July 1966, and served director of the deacon program from 1969 to 1971.

In June 1971, he was appointed rector of St. John's Seminary in Plymouth. He was later named pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Muskegon Heights in August 1977. On October 13, 1981, Rose was appointed the second Bishop of Gaylord by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 6 from Archbishop Edmund Szoka, with Bishops Joseph M. Breitenbeck and Joseph Crescent McKinney serving as co-consecrators, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Gaylord.

Following the retirement of Bishop Breitenbeck, Rose was appointed the ninth Bishop of Grand Rapids on June 24, 1989. His installation took place on August 30 of that year. Rose retired as Bishop of Grand Rapids on October 13, 2003.

He was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Michael Britt, who died within a year of taking office. Britt, in turn, was succeeded by Bishop Walter A. Hurley.


Member National Conference Catholic Bishops M C.


Urban H. Rose

Maida A. (Glerum) Rose