A friend of mine has just been made the new Bishop of New Ulm, MN.
Please pray for Bishop-Elect (or "Designate" as some prefer) John LeVoir, presently pastor of St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s in Stillwater, MN (home of the famous bookstore). Also he was once pastor of St. Augustine’s in South St. Paul, where the Extraordinary Form has been celebrated for many years.
Fr. LeVoir was with us for several days last week for an annual gathering of clergy, about which I wrote elsewhere.
Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha nominato Vescovo di New Ulm (U.S.A.) il Rev.do John LeVoir, del clero di St. Paul and Minneapolis, Parroco di "St. Michael and Mary" a Stillwater.
Rev.do John LeVoir
Il Rev.do John LeVoir è nato il 7 febbraio 1946 a Minneapolis (Minnesota). Ha compiuto i suoi studi alla "La Salle High School", e presso la "University of St. Thomas" e la "Dallas University." Ha ottenuto un diploma in ragioneria e ha lavorato per un periodo come contabile. È entrato nel Seminario St Paul dell’Arcidiocesi di St. Paul and Minneapolis e ha conseguito un Master in Teologia.
Ordinato sacerdote il 30 maggio 1981 per l’arcidiocesi di Saint Paul and Minneapolis, ha poi ricoperto i seguenti incarichi: Vice-parroco a "St. Charles Borromeo" (1981-1992); Parroco alla "Most Holy Trinity" (1992-2004); parroco di "St. Augustine" (2000-2004). È membro dell’ "International Federation of Priests". È co-autore di: "Covenant of Love: John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in the Modern World" e "Faith for Today". È inoltre co-autore della serie "Image of God", adottata a livello nazionale per l’istruzione religiosa cattolica nelle scuole primarie e secondarie.
Attualmente è Parroco di "St. Michael and Mary" a Stillwater, Minnesota. Nell’ambito delle due parrocchie è compresa anche una scuola regionale.
More about the New Bishop of New Ulm.
Frankly, I thought he was going to be made Auxilliary of St. Paul and Minneapolis!
Statement by Bishop-designate John M. LeVoir
on acceptance of appointment as
fourth bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm
It is with faith in God and with devotion to Pope Benedict XVI that I accept his appointment of me as the fourth Bishop of New Ulm. I am most grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence in me.
My background is that of a parish priest. I was an Associate Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony for eleven years, and Pastor of Holy Trinity in South St. Paul for twelve years and for four of those years, I was at the same time Pastor of St. Augustine in South St. Paul. I have been Pastor of St. Michael and St. Mary in Stillwater since 2004.
I am grateful to the parishioners of all of these parishes for their goodness to me. I am especially grateful to the late Monsignor Richard Schuler [pastor for 33 years at St. Agnes in St. Paul] for the support that he gave me during my seminary years and for Father Francis Kittock, who was my Pastor and mentor at St. Charles Borromeo where I was his Associate. [What a great difference good priests as examples and mentors can make for vocations... at every level.]
I am particularly grateful to my parents, Marvin A. LeVoir, now deceased, [A career police officer, who worked also with my own mother, also a cop.] and Mary A. LeVoir, now 93 years old, and to my brothers Frederick J. LeVoir and Paul W. LeVoir, [Who leads the Gregorian chant schola at St. Agnes Church in St. Paul.] and my sister, Mary Ellen Steinkraus. In his retirement years, I was blessed to have known Bishop Alphonse Schladweiler, the founding Bishop of the New Ulm diocese. He was a kind and gentle shepherd. [He was also a former pastor of St. Agnes, where Msgr. Schuler was pastor.]
I am pleased that this announcement is being made on July 14, the Feast of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680). She was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II. Kateri is the first Native American to be declared Blessed.
I am going to be a new Bishop. I know that I have much to learn about serving as a Bishop and about the New Ulm diocese. Archbishop Nienstedt has assured me of his advice and help. I appreciate that so much. I ask the clergy, the religious, and the people of the diocese to be patient with me and to pray for me, as I will for them. With the help of God’s grace, I will do my best to be a faithful shepherd. [And I am sure he will be!]
UPDATE: 1716 UTC
Fr. LeVoir co-authored books with the nephew of Msgr. Schuler, Fr. Richard Hogan. Here are a couple titles.