|Fr. John Doerfler is pictured at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in 2010. Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Doerfler as bishop of Marquette, Mich. (File photo by Sam Lucero | The Compass)|
BREAKING NEWS: WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Father John Doerfler, 49, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and vicar general of the diocese, as bishop of Marquette, Michigan. He succeeds Archbishop Alexander Sample, who became archbishop of Portland in Oregon, January 29, 2013.continue at The Compass
The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 17, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Doerfler was born November 2, 1964, and was ordained a priest for the Green Bay diocese in 1991. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a bachelor of theology from the Gregorian University, Rome. He holds a licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America and a licentiate and doctorate from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Washington.
Update1: Legatus interviewed then Fr. Doerfler back in 2010
Even though as a young man he had his mind set upon becoming an engineer, Fr. John Doerfler has absolutely no qualms about his vocation. By the time he turned 40, he was the chancellor of the Diocese of Green Bay. Now 45, he’s added vicar general of the diocese to his portfolio. The Appleton, Wis., native was ordained for his home diocese 18 years ago. The chaplain enjoys classic movies, bicycling and cooking. He says his five years as Legatus chaplain has been very rewarding.continue at Legatus