Father Michel Mulloy will be ordained and installed as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth on October 1. He has spent the last year as the diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Rapid City.
Bishop-elect Mulloy will fill the seat of Bishop Paul D. Sirba who died of a heart attack December 1, 2019.
Mulloy was born in Mobridge, South Dakota, in 1954. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary University in Winona, Minnesota, he attended seminary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, also in Winona, and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls June 8, 1979. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Rapid City in 1986 after spending a few years in the diocese on loan for ministry.
During his time as a priest in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, he served at several parishes including St. Anthony in Red Owl and Our Lady of Victory in Plainview.
Mulloy was pastor at several parishes in the Rapid City diocese, including several mission parishes. He served as director of vocations from 1989 to 1992 and was the director of the office of worship in 1994.
In the Rapid City diocese, he also served on the priest council, college of consultors, diocesan finance and pastoral councils and the Sioux Spiritual Center Board of Directors.
In 2017, the bishop-elect became the full-time vicar general for the Diocese of Rapid City.
The Diocese of Duluth is 22,354 square miles and has 45,283 Catholics out of a total population of 447,896 in the diocese.