Title: Roman Catholic Bishop, Vicar for Clergy
Company: Archdiocese of New York
Location: New York, New York, United States
Gerald T. Walsh, Roman Catholic Bishop and Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of New York, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of ministerial service.
Bishop Walsh has dedicated his life to serving his community and clergy members through his ministerial service to the Roman Catholic Church. Born in New York City in 1942, he was inspired to pursue service to the Church by his childhood priest, who took an interest in the community by helping the young, the old and the needy. Bishop Walsh also drew inspiration from the Congregation of Christian Brothers in high school, and, even earlier, the De La Salle Brothers, who taught in his elementary school. Following in this tradition of religious and communal service, Bishop Walsh began his educational journey towards priesthood. Upon graduating high school, he briefly attended Iona College in 1959 before enrolling in St. Joseph’s Seminary where he earned a BA in philosophy in 1963 and later an MDiv in 1967 when he was also ordained as a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Following his ordination, Bishop Walsh became the parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in New York City in 1967. He served the church community for over a decade in this venture. When he left his position in 1980, he joined the staff of Catholic Charities as the director of family and children’s services and devoted nearly another decade of his life to serving the young and needy, remaining in the position until 1989. During his tenure at Catholic Charities, Bishop Walsh attended Fordham University, earning an MSW in 1983. In 1989, he became the pastor of Incarnation Parish, and shortly thereafter, in 1990, monsignor.
In 1996, after serving as a pastor, he was named priest secretary to Cardinal John O’Connor, whom he worked with for two years. He was then named pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish and the regional vicar of North Manhattan in 1998. Bishop Walsh served almost a decade in this position, and in 2004, he was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York and appointed titular bishop of Altiburus. In 2007, he left St. Elizabeth Parish and became the rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary. His immense body of ministerial service led to his being named vicar for clergy and episcopal vicar for the vicariates of Rockland, Yonkers, South Shore, and Central Westchester.
In the years since Bishop Walsh has remained steadfast in his dedication to serving his community. He is currently a board member of Cardinal McCloskey Services as well as Incarnation Children’s Center, which both serve to help troubled or needy youth in the community. He also serves on the board for Saint Patrick’s Nursing Home in the Bronx, in addition to the Arch Fort Washington Community Board, both of which work to provide better lives for seniors through services such as social events and healthy food programs. Like his childhood priest, Bishop Walsh has dedicated his life to serving the youth, senior citizens, and needy of his community, and he has spent more than fifty years of his life in ministerial service. As a testament to his devotion to service, Bishop Walsh has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in America.
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