Morin named Biloxi's third bishop

Most Reverend Roger Paul Morin, currently serving as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, has been named the third Bishop of Biloxi by Pope Benedict, the diocese announced this morning.

Publication of this appointment was made earlier today, Monday, March 2, 2009, at The Vatican in Rome and from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. Bishop Morin, 67, succeeds the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi who now serves as the Archbishop of Mobile.

Rodi said in a statement Monday morning that Morin understands the plight of Catholics on the Coast who have suffered because of Hurricane Katrina.

“Bishop Morin is no stranger to the devastation of hurricanes, particularly Katrina. He has been outstanding in his efforts to rebuild the parishes, schools, and charitable ministries in the Archdiocese of New Orleans,” Rodi said. “He knows first-hand the challenges and difficulties involved in hurricane recovery. Despite these challenges, he has fostered the revival of the Church and the community with faith and perseverance.

On a personal note, it is difficult for me to leave the Diocese of Biloxi. In my almost eight years here, I have grown to love Mississippi and her people. However, it is easier to leave the Diocese of Biloxi knowing that a wonderful bishop will lead the Catholic Church in the Pine Belt and the Gulf Coast.”

Bishop Morin, who was ordained a bishop in New Orleans April 22, 2003, will be installed as Bishop of Biloxi in a 2 p.m. Mass on Monday, April 27, at the Cathedral Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Most Reverend Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A., and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Mobile, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, will preside. The Diocese of Biloxi, comprised of the 17 southern-most counties in Mississippi, was created March 8, 1977, from the Diocese of Jackson.

The Biloxi diocese has a Catholic population of 58,200 among a total population of 761,400. The diocese has 41 priests and 37 religious sisters serving the 42 parishes and 11 mission churches, and its16 schools.

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