The youngest of nine children along with his twin brother, Gerard W. Battersby was born May 15, 1960, to the late Christopher and the late Helen (Buckley) Battersby. He grew up in northwest Detroit and attended St. Benedict Parish and school in Highland Park.
In 1993, he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary as an adult vocation, and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, being ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Adam J. Maida.
In 2002, he was named pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Detroit, and in 2007, was appointed to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where he received a License in the New Evangelization in 2008. While serving as director of graduate seminarians and graduate pastoral formation at the seminary, Fr. Battersby also served concurrently as administrator of St. Leo Parish in Detroit, and as Theology House Director.
On Jan. 25, 2017, the Most Rev. Gerard W. Battersby will be ordained as auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Allen Vigneron. Along with being appointed regional moderator of the South Region, Bishop Battersby will continue to serve as pastor of St. Mary of Redford Parish, Detroit, until other provision is made.
Born: May 15, 1960
Ordained Priest: May 30, 1998
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Regional Moderator of the South Region: November 23, 2016
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: January 25, 2017