Pope Names Dallas Native as New Bishop of Lubbock Diocese

Pope Francis has named a Dallas pastor as the new Bishop of Lubbock.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment of Reverend Monsignor Robert Coerver Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Coerver, currently the pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, will become the third bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock.

Coerver said he looks forward to serving Lubbock, but he'll miss Dallas. 

"I was born and raised here in Dallas," he said in a news release. "My family roots are here and my ancestors were among Dallas' first Catholics."

Coerver graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1972 and the University of Dallas in 1976. He received his priestly formation at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving.

"As a priest, I have always known that I must follow wherever the Lord leads me," he said. "I ask the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Dallas as I prepare to assume my new responsibilities."

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas will stream a news conference at 10 a.m. on their website at www.cathdal.org.

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