Pope names MN native as auxiliary bishop of Minn St. Paul

In case you missed it on Friday:
Father Andrew Cozzens, an assistant professor of sacramental theology at the St. Paul Seminary, has been named by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Bishop-elect Cozzens, 45, is a priest of the archdiocese, ordained in 1997.

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced the news during the 7:30 a.m. Mass Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Paul. He called Bishop-elect Cozzens “a good man, intelligent, a man of deep faith.”

His episcopal ordination will be at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Dec. 9, which this year is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The feast day holds special significance for the bishop-elect.

“I have a great devotion to Our Lady, so I’m very grateful for her intercession and prayers, and the opportunity to be ordained on her feast day is really a great thing,” he said.

Archbishop John Nienstedt expressed gratitude for the Holy Father’s selection of Bishop-elect Cozzens. “I am thankful for the Holy Father’s gift of another bishop to serve the pastoral needs of this great archdiocese, especially among our Latino community,” he said in a statement. “I am fortunate to have Bishop-elect Cozzens and Bishop PichĂ© by my side to better serve the faithful of this local Church.”
continue at The Catholic Spirit

"Fluent in Spanish." Walking into el fuego.

I keep wondering if/when Milwaukee gets another one....


  1. Do you think that Milwaukee is likely to get another auxiliary bishop? One who is primarily a Spanish-speaker? I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on this, MJK.

    1. Yeah, I think so, Chicago's got like 5 or 6. I have no inside knowledge on the matter. With Sklba retired now I'd think there's enough work to go around. 2 aux seems like a good number for Milwaukee.


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