Pope names MN native as auxiliary bishop of Minn St. Paul
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.continue at The Catholic Spirit
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 Piché by my side to better serve the faithful of this local Church.”
"Fluent in Spanish." Walking into el fuego.
I keep wondering if/when Milwaukee gets another one....