Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley
Fourth Bishop, Diocese of Kalamazoo
Motto: “Waiting in Joyful Hope”
St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:13
Bishop Paul J. Bradley was appointed titular bishop of Afufenia and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh on December 16, 2004 and was ordained on February 2, 2005. He became fourth Bishop for the Diocese of Kalamazoo on June 5, 2009.
During his first year as bishop for the more than 100,000 Catholics in the nine-county region of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Bishop Bradley visited all 59 parishes and 22 Catholic schools in the diocese. He released his first pastoral letter, What I Have Heard and Seen in the fall of 2010.
The son of John and Cecilia Bradley, Bishop Paul J. Bradley was born on October 18, 1945, in Glassport, Pa. He attended St. Cecilia Grade School and attended high school, college and graduate theology studies at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Ind. He also earned the Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on May 1, 1971 by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard, Bishop Bradley served for the next 12 years as parochial vicar in the parishes of St. Sebastian in the North Hills, St. Paul in Butler, and St. Kieran (now part of St. Matthew Parish) in Lawrenceville.
From 1983-88 he was director of the Office for Family Life in the diocese, then Secretary for Human Services (which during this time became the Secretariat for Social Concerns), 1988-1995. During this same time he lived in residence at Madonna del Castello Parish, Swissvale, and from 1991-93 he was a member of the ministry team along with Father, now Cardinal, Daniel DiNardo, serving Madonna del Castello.
In 1994 he was appointed pastor of St. Sebastian Parish, returning to his first diocesan assignment, where he remained until January 2001 when he was named rector of St. Paul Cathedral and pastor of St. Paul Cathedral Parish.
On November 7, 2003, Bishop Bradley was named General Secretary and Vicar for the Diocese of Pittsburgh by Bishop Wuerl.
As General Secretary, Bishop Bradley was responsible for the overall direction of the operations, programs and activities of the central administration of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as for supervision of the many ecclesial institutions, organizations and programs directed by or associated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Bishop Bradley has served in a number of other roles for the diocese, including deanery youth director for the Northwest Deanery, 1973-75; family life director, Butler Deanery, 1977-82; and dean of the Northwest Deanery, 1998-2001. He also has been a member of the diocesan marriage preparation policy committee, the priest personnel board, and the priest council.
When then Bishop Donald Wuerl was installed as the archbishop of Washington, D.C. in June 2006, Bishop Bradley was elected administrator of the Diocese of Pittsburgh by the diocesan College of Consultors. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Diocese until Bishop Zubik’s installation on September 28, 2007.
As General Secretary and Vicar General for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop Bradley served on numerous boards including the Chimbote Foundation Board of Trustees, the Pauline Auberle Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of Duquesne University, the Administrative Board and Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Saint Anthony School Programs Board. Bishop Bradley also served as chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.