Roman Catholic Church announces new Bishop for Diocese of Crookston
The Roman Catholic Church has announced that Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been appointed eighth bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. His Mass installation will be on December 6.
Cozzens has been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis since 2013. In the Archdiocese, he served as Vicar for Catholic Education and oversaw the Archdiocesan Synod process. Cozzens is currently Chairman of the Board of NET Ministries, St. Paul’s Outreach, The Institute for Priestly Formation and The Seminary Formation Council. Cozzens is also chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelism and Catechesis.
“I am touched and honored that the Holy Father asks me to be the next shepherd of the Diocese of Crookston. I look forward to getting to know the priests, deacons, consecrated religious and many lay faithful in the diocese. I pray that together we can become faithful disciples of Christ who make His love present in Northwestern Minnesota, ”Cozzens said.
“The Diocese of Crookston welcomes our new Shepherd, Bishop Andrew Cozzens,” said Bishop Richard Pates, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Crookston. “He brings an engaging pastoral spirit, vast experience, positive energy and will soon have the scent of Northwest Minnesota sheep upon him. May his days among us be especially blessed.
Cozzens succeeds Bishop Michael Hoeppner, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on April 13. The Diocese of Crookston serves the 14 counties of northwestern Minnesota and over 32,000 Catholics and 66 parishes.
Hoeppner urged to resign at Pope’s request after more than a year investigation into reports that the diocese withheld information of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy. The investigation, which began in 2019, was the first time that an American bishop has been the subject of a formal investigation under new rules implemented by the pope as the church aimed to standardize the protocol of investigation into clergy sexual abuse.