APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR
OF THE DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE

Bishop's VitaeMost Reverend Gerald A. Gettelfinger, D.D.




Fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville
Born October 20, 1935
Ordained a Priest: St. Meinrad, Indiana May 7, 1961
Named Bishop of Evansville: March 11, 1989
Ordained a Bishop and Installed at Evansville: April 11, 1989
Named Apostolic Administrator & Bishop Emeritus: April 26, 2011



Bishops of the Diocese of Vincennes (1834-1898)

Bishop Simon Bruté 1834-1839
Bishop Celestine de la Hailandière 1839-1847
Bishop Stephan Bazin 1847-1848
Bishop Jacques Maurice de St. Palais 1849-1877
Bishop Francis Silas Chatard 1878-1898


In 1898 the Diocese of Vincennes became the Diocese of Indianapolis.

Bishops of the Diocese of Indianapolis (1898-1944)

Most Reverend Francis Chatard (1898-1918)
Most Reverend Joseph Chartrand (1918-1933)
Most Reverend Joseph Ritter (1934-1944)


In 1944 Indianapolis became an Archdiocese and Evansville became the See City
for 12 southwestern Indiana counties.

Bishops of the Diocese of Evansville (1944-Present)

Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman (1944 - 1965)
Most Rev. Paul F. Leibold (1965 - 1969)
Most Rev. Francis R. Shea (1969 - 1989)
Most Rev. Gerald A. Gettelfinger (1989 - present)