Archbishop Rodi's statement on Bishop Morin's appointment

Archbishop Thomas Rodi's statement on Bishop Roger Morin's appointment as third Bishop of Biloxi - March 2, 2009:

"It is a great pleasure to announce that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Bishop Roger P. Morin to serve as Bishop of Biloxi.

Bishop Morin came to the Gulf South as a young man. In 1968 Archbishop Philip Hannan invited him to visit New Orleans for a summer program assisting the inner-city poor in that city and he decided to stay. He continued his seminary studies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1971.

As a priest, Bishop Morin has demonstrated his dedication to parish ministry through his years of service as a pastor. He has also demonstrated his deep concern for the poor through his years of service as executive director of Catholic Social Ministries in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Bishop Morin was appointed by Pope John Paul II to serve as auxiliary bishop of New Orleans in 2003. He has been a blessing to the people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and now he arrives in Mississippi to serve as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi. We are blessed to have him with us.

I have known Bishop Morin for many years and have consistently been impressed by his dedication and talents. He brings to the Diocese of Biloxi his extensive experience as a priest.

As pastor, and as executive director of Catholic Social Ministries, he knows the call of the Lord that we proclaim the Word of God, worship God worthily, and care for the needs of neighbor.

I am confident that, with God's help, he will powerfully proclaim the Word of God, join the people of Mississippi in praising God, and lead in making the love of God visible to the poor through the charitable efforts of the Church.

Of particular note to us on the Gulf Coast, Bishop Morin is no stranger to the devastation of hurricanes, particularly Katrina. He has been outstanding in his efforts to rebuild the parishes, schools, and charitable ministries in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He knows first hand the challenges and difficulties involved in hurricane recovery. Despite these challenges, he has fostered the revival of the Church and the community with faith and perseverance.

On a personal note, it is difficult for me to leave the Diocese of Biloxi. In my almost eight years here, I have grown to love Mississippi and her people. However, it is easier to leave the Diocese of Biloxi knowing that a wonderful bishop will lead the Catholic Church in the Pine Belt and the Gulf Coast.

I join everyone in welcoming Bishop Morin to Mississippi."