Vatican City, Dec 16, 2016 / 06:02 am
On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, and appointed Louisiana native Msgr. Louis Kihneman as his successor.
A priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi for 39 years, Msgr. Kihneman, 64, said in a Dec. 16 press release announcing his appointment that he accepts the Holy Father's nomination with "great joy and deep humility and faith."
"I have been deeply touched by the welcome and hospitality that I have already received, especially from Bishop Morin and my brother priests," he said.
Born in Lafayette, La. Feb. 17, 1952, Msgr. Kihneman grew up in various places along the Gulf Coast, including Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was ordained a priest Nov. 18, 1977.