.- The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston of Knoxville, Tennessee as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau in Missouri.
Msgr. Johnston, also a canon lawyer, was born in Knoxville in 1959 and ordained a priest in 1990. Johnston currently holds the positions of chancellor and moderator of the diocesan curia.
Johnston will succeed Bishop John J. Leibrecht, whose resignation was accepted by Benedict XVI upon having reached the age limit.
In his new position, Msgr. Johnston will serve 64,900 Catholics and 128 priests.