New bishop of Superior Diocese named, Bishop-elect James Powers, Wisconsin and Superior native; Updated
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The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 15 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Powers was born February 6, 1953 in Baldwin, Wisconsin. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Superior on May 20, 1990. He holds a bachelor's in theology and a master's of divinity from St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He pursued graduate studies in canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.
Powers was the diocesan administrator after Christensen left.
Will update this post as the news breaks.
SupCH has a full story up now:
He said in a statement he greeted the news of his appointment with “mixed feelings” and felt “humbled to be called to the order of bishop.” He said he appreciated “the confidence being placed in me” and looked forward to accepting his new role “with joy and gratitude.”MkeCH:
“The Archdiocese of Milwaukee shares in the joy experienced by the Diocese of Superior in the selection of their native son, Father James Powers, as the 11th bishop of Superior," said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki. "Pope Francis has appointed a man who has proven himself to be a wonderful pastor and a capable administrator. I look forward to collaborating with him for the good of the Catholic Faithful of Wisconsin.”
As of now, I don't yet see a statement from the Superior Diocese on their website.
Update: Superior Diocese statement
Superior Catholic Herald issued statement
Fr. James Powers if first Superior diocesan priest appointed bishop since Joseph Annabring in 1954. Congratulations! https://t.co/i3mZoOmJhW— The Compass (@thecompassnews) December 15, 2015
Pastor of 3 parishes + JV and VG of Wisconsin fold, Superior admin Fr James Powers, 62, named diocese's 11th bishop: https://t.co/NljCutBjGZ— Rocco Palmo (@roccopalmo) December 15, 2015
JS: In a statement, Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki said the Archdiocese of Milwaukee "shares in the joy experienced" by the diocese in the selection of Powers.