Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Father John LeVoir becomes New Ulm's Fourth Bishop


As the symbolic staff called a crozier was passed to new bishop John LeVoir, 3,000 people in the New Ulm Civic Center responded with a standing ovation.

LeVoir, 62, became the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm in a two-hour ceremony Monday.

He replaces John Nienstedt, who became archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis following 61⁄2 years as bishop in New Ulm.

Ceremony attendees began arriving at 12:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony, filling the civic center’s permanent seating area and much of the arena floor.

Marty Rossini of Stillwater was among those in attendance. He said parishioners from two Stillwater churches filled three buses to travel to Monday’s ordination and installation ceremony.

LeVoir served the Stillwater churches the past four years, and Rossini was a member of a church panel that chose LeVoir as pastor.

“He’s a super guy, and such a people person,” Rossini said. “Every morning he’d be at the front door of our school saying hi to the kids, and every afternoon he’d be at the door saying goodbye to them.”

LeVoir, a self-acknowledged baseball fan — which should serve him will in baseball-intensive New Ulm — is also a pretty fair golfer, Rossini said.

“The first time he played in a church tournament, he got a hole-in-one.”

LeVoir became a certified public accountant after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1971.

He obtained a master’s degree in theology in 1981, was ordained into the priesthood that year and has served in a succession of Minnesota parishes.

In an interview following his selection as bishop, he said he picked up ideas on how to help people be successful by observing how Minnesota Twins managers went about their business.

He said he was stunned to find the message on his answering machine of his selection to the New Ulm post because he always figured his assignment in Stillwater as a parish priest would be his last before retirement. Mankato Free Press

Father LeVoir to be new Bishop of New Ulm -- The Catholic Spirit

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Terry Nelson said...

He is probably the most indisputably holy bishop Our Lord has ever chosen from this vineyard.

Dave Johnson said...

I was at the Mass. It was wonderful. We are lucky to have him as our bishop.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Ray from MN, do you remember what I was saying about bishops' crosiers?


Unknown said...

Dave: I didn't realize until just now you are the Dave whose great post was picked up by Father Z.

And I posted on your "Catholic Journey" blog an hour or so. Thanks, Dave!

William: You have ruined my life. I can't look at a photo of a bishop with crosier in hand without stopping to judge and evaluate him as to orthodoxy using your guidelines. I do believe they are valid. [GR]

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