BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Across South Mississippi, 58,000 Catholics now have a new bishop. The Most Reverend Roger Paul Morin officially became Bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi Monday afternoon.
Hundreds of priests, parishioners, bishops and archbishops celebrated the formal installation at The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi.
"I think he is so personable," said Diane Stewert of Hurley.
Stewert is just one of hundreds of parishioners who couldn't wait to speak with Biloxi's third Diocese.
"He is just like a man of the people," said Stewert. "He is so down to earth and he's approachable."
Morin greeted parishioners one-by-one after his formal installation. Local leaders say they are eager to work with the new bishop.
"Anytime there is a change of the captain of the ship, the ship takes on a new course. And Bishop Morin, his statue is short but his humor is very large and I think he will be a wonderful pastor to his priests," said Father Harold Roberts of Biloxi's Church of the Redeemer.
"Biloxi is my hometown and it's a privilege to be here. And this diocese has had a terrific tradition from all of the bishops that have been here before," said The Very Reverend James "Bo" Roberts of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
Bishop Morin is pleased with the community's response.
"I'm glad that they are excited," said Bishop Morin. "I'm excited. I'm looking forward to my work here and I think we are going to have a marvelous experience building communities and being a church together."
Bishop Morin is a native of Massachusetts. However, he lived in New Orleans for more than 40 years. He enjoys celebrating mass in both English and French. Click here to learn more about Bishop Morin's Coat of Arms.