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  • Bishop Lohse

    2024 Commencement Speaker

    Bishop Edward Lohse

    Born and raised in the Erie area, Bishop Edward M. Lohse ‘84 was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Erie in 1989 by Bishop Michael Joseph Murphy at St. Peter Cathedral. He graduated from Our Lady of Peace Grade School in 1976, and from Cathedral Prep in 1980. Bishop Lohse attended Gannon University from 1980 to 1984, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, with highest honors, completing his studies in 1988.

    Following his ordination, Bishop Lohse served as a parochial vicar, high school faculty member and campus minister before returning to Gannon to serve as university chaplain from 1997 to 1999, while also serving as diocesan vocation director. In 2000, he departed for Rome to study for a license in canon law, which he completed, summa cum laude, from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2002. He returned to the diocese to serve in administration, as vice chancellor and then chancellor, as well as the diocesan promoter of justice. In addition, he resumed his position as diocesan vocation director.

    In 2010, Bishop Lohse was called to Rome to assist at the Holy See as an official of the Congregation for the Clergy. While in Rome, he also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Pontifical North American College and continued his studies, earning a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Bishop Lohse concluded his service to the Holy See in December of 2015, and began working once again in diocesan administration in the Diocese of Erie, serving as episcopal vicar for canonical services and then as vicar general. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Francis in December 2015. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 2002 and served as a member of the Saint Vincent Seminary Board of Regents from 2003 to 2010. Bishop Lohse received an honorary degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2010.

    Pope Francis appointed Bishop Lohse to lead the Diocese of Kalamazoo on May 23, 2023. Bishop Lohse was ordained and installed as the fifth bishop for the Diocese of Kalamazoo on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at St. Augustine Cathedral.