Roman Catholic Church Announces New Bishop of Crookston Diocese

The Roman Catholic Church has announced that Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been named the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. His installation mass will take place on December 6.

Cozzens has served as 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 currently serves as Chairman of the Board of NET Ministries, St. Paul’s Outreach, The Institute for Priestly Formation and The Seminary Formation Council. Cozzens is also chairman of the Committee on Evangelism and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“I am touched and honored that the Holy Father has asked 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 followers of Christ who make present his love in northwest 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 smell of Northwest Minnesota sheep on 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 all 14 counties in northwestern Minnesota, and more than 32,000 Catholics and 66 parishes.

Hoeppner was asked to resign at the request of the pope following a more than year-long investigation into reports that the diocese covered up information about clergy sex abuse. The investigation, which began in 2019, was the first time a U.S. bishop has been formally investigated under new rules implemented by the pope as the church seeks to standardize protocol for clergy sexual abuse investigation.

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