For those of you in Minnesota



VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2007 (VIS) – The Holy Father:


 – Appointed Fr. Peter F. Christensen of the clergy of the archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of the Nativity of Our Lord, as bishop of Superior (area 40,701, population 443,209, Catholics 81,885, priests 71, permanent deacons 57, religious 104), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Pasadena, U.S.A., in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1985. He succeeds Bishop Raphael Michael Fliss, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

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  1. Hammerbrecher says:

    Is this good?

  2. Raymundus says:

    Fr. Christensen was the rector of my college seminary (before I got there). I volunteered alot at Nativity when I was at SJV (though St. Agnes became my parish family) and never had a bad experience with Fr. Christensen. He was a great confessor, if I recall correctly.

  3. Cody says:

    “The bishop-elect was born in Pasadena, U.S.A.”
    … which state?

  4. Does anyone know why a new bishop hasn’t been assigned to the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama? It was over two years ago when Pope John Paul II accepted Bishop Foley’s resignation, yet a successor still hasn’t been named.

    Most Rev. David E. Foley, D.D., ordained a priest May 26, 1956; appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Richmond, Virginia, May 3, 1986; ordained Bishop June 27, 1986; appointed Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama, March 22, 1994; installed Bishop of Birmingham, May 13, 1994; retired May 10, 2005; appointed Administrator, May 19, 2005.

  5. Tim Ferguson says:

    among the other appointments, I see that a Fr. Novatus Rugumbwa received a Vatican posting – does anyone know if he’s related to the late, great Cardinal Rugumbwa?

  6. Janet says:

    To Kevin, concerning Bp. Foley’s replacement: Our new bishop has been chosen and will arrive this fall, from what I’ve been told. No idea who he is, but was told that he is a good choice and that he ‘works with people’ and is accommodating. So I guess in a couple of months we’ll have our new Bishop here in Birmingham.

  7. We heard the news here early this morning out in the west metro – congratulations to Superior diocese, you are getting a wonderful pastor for your new bishop. Fr. Christensen has done many good things at Nativity of Our Lord parish these past years, when I lived in the area I went to daily Mass there frequently. They will be sorry to see him go, but thankful that he has been able to be there to oversee proper renovation of a Catholic church, including putting in a new, glorious, organ in the choir loft!

    Pray for Fr. Christensen, he will need all the prayers he can get as he travels to our troubled neighboring diocese to the northeast.

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