Bishop Louis F. Kihneman, III is now presiding over 17 Southern counties of Mississippi.
In a service at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Louis, Kihneman was installed as the Diocese of Biloxi's Bishop; forfilling an appointment from the Vatican and Pope Francis.
"I was very honored and also very humbled to be picked by the Holy Father to be the fourth Bishop of Biloxi," Kihneman said. "I'm really touched by all the people. Everybody's been so open, and just friendly, and it's a treat to be here with the people to serve the people of Biloxi."
A large group gathered at the Slavonian Lodge following the service to welcome the new Bishop, and to receive his blessing.
"I'm just in awe that we have him," said Parishioner John Necaise. "I think he's a holy man that's been called by God to serve us as the people of Biloxi."
Bishop Kihneman comes to the Mississippi Coast from Copus Christi, Tx. He's served as a priest for almost 40 years. His brother David Kihneman knew he was destined to serve.
"My brother had a calling young in life," David said. "He went to a minor seminary, so in high school, he felt a calling and pursued it all the way through to now being Bishop."
Dr. Rhonda Clark, Associate Education Superintendent for the Diocese, says Kihneman worked closely with Catholic schools in Texas and is looking forward to what he can bring to the children of South Mississippi.
"My first impression when I met him was kindness. You can see it the minute you meet him. He's a very kind and humble man," Clark said.
In his first day on the job, Bishop Kihneman had a special message for his new parishioners.
"I tell them I love them in a very special way," said the Bishop. "That I'm blessing them, and blessing their families, that we can continue to grow in the love of Jesus Christ together."
Bishop Kihneman replaces Bishop Roger Morin, who served the Diocese since 2009.
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