Bishop Named for New Ulm, Minnesota

NEW ULM, Minnesota, JULY 14, 2008 ( Benedict XVI named Father John LeVoir as the bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota.

Bishop-designate LeVoir, 62, succeeds Archbishop John Nienstedt. Archbishop Nienstedt was named coadjutor for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis in April 2007 and became the archbishop there last May.

John LeVoir was born in 1946 in Minneapolis. In 1981, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

The Diocese of New Ulm has some 66,000 Catholics served by 58 priests, 60 religious and three permanent deacons.