The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Andrew Cozzens as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop-elect Cozzens will join Bishop Lee Piché in this service. Cozzens’ ordination is planned for December 9, 2013, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at the Saint Paul Cathedral.
“I am honored by our Holy Father’s appointment and look forward to serving this local Church as auxiliary bishop,” Cozzens said. “We are blessed with many active, faithful and vibrant parishes, Catholic schools and ministry organizations throughout the Archdiocese.” Cozzens said. “I am grateful for being called to assist them in their efforts to make the name of Jesus Christ known and loved.”
“It will be a privilege for me to work with Archbishop Nienstedt. I also look forward to working with Bishop Piché who provides such a good model of the special service of an auxiliary bishop.”
Archbishop John Nienstedt expressed gratitude for the Holy Father’s selection of Bishop-elect Cozzens, “I am thankful for the Holy Father’s gift of another bishop to serve the pastoral needs of this great Archdiocese, especially among our Latino community. I am fortunate to have bishop-elect Cozzens and Bishop Piché by my side to better serve the faithful of this local Church.”
A native of Denver, Cozzens is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of the faith through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. During a period of discernment after college, Cozzens served as a travelling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. He then joined the Companions of Christ in Saint Paul and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach leading college Bible study groups.
After his year of discernment he was accepted into the Saint Paul Seminary. Four years later, in 1997, Cozzens was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and then Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy) before being sent to Rome for doctoral studies. Upon his return to Minnesota, Cozzens began service as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary.
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