FROM: The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
CONTACT: Dennis B. McGrath
Director of Communications
…FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE MOST REVEREND JOHN C. NIENSTEDT
OFFICIALLY ASSUMES DUTIES
AS ARCHBISHOP OF
SAINT PAUL, MN,
Pope Benedict XVI appointed then Bishop Nienstedt to the post of Coadjutor Archbishop on April 24th of last year. A coadjutor archbishop essentially serves in a familiarization role until the sitting archbishop retires. Nienstedt had served the prior six years as Bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota.
A native of
Archbishop Flynn, who leaves office highly regarded for his leadership in the local Church as well as for being as a major voice on social justice, immigration, health care reform and racial equality issues, will continue to reside in
“I am grateful to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, for his confidence in naming me Archbishop of Saint Paul and
“I especially wish to congratulate Archbishop Flynn on his 75th birthday and thank him for the wonderful witness to Jesus Christ that he has given here for almost 14 years,” Nienstedt continued. “I am so grateful that he is planning to stay in the local area and be available for consultation. I know I can stand tall on the shoulders of Archbishop Flynn and his predecessors.”
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and
Please pray for Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Harry Flynn who has served us so wonderfully. May he have a blessed, peaceful and productive retirement. And we hope to see him around for many years to come.
And please pray for our new Archbishop Nienstedt. There are folks out and about that want to greet him and some of them have motives not related to feelings of love and respect.