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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Vatican City, 17 December 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father appointed Rev. John Francis Doerfler as bishop of Marquette (area 42,152, population 321,000, Catholics 68,200, priests 90, permanent deacons 44, religious 51), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Appleton, U.S.A. in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1991. He holds a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America, Washington, U.S.A., and a licentiate and doctorate in moral theology from the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington. He has held a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including parish vicar of the “St. John Nepomucene Parish” at Little Chute and at “St. Francis Xavier Cathedral”; and vice chancellor, defender of the bond and judge of the tribunal; administrator of the cathedral and parishes of “Holy Trinity” at Casco/Slovan and “St. John”, Green Bay and rector of the “Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help” at Robinsonsville. He is currently vicar general of the diocese of Green Bay, member of the college of consultors and the presbyteral council of Green Bay, and adjunct professor at the Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corner.

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