St. Paul, Minn., Oct 11, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Fr. Andrew Cozzens, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, to be an auxiliary bishop for the same archdiocese.
“I am honored by our Holy Father’s appointment and look forward to serving this local Church as auxiliary bishop,” Fr. Cozzens said Oct. 11. “We are blessed with many active, faithful and vibrant parishes, Catholic schools and ministry organizations throughout the Archdiocese.”
“I am grateful for being called to assist them in their efforts to make the name of Jesus Christ known and loved.”
As auxiliary bishop, Fr. Cozzens will assist Archbishop John Nienstedt in the governance of the archdiocese. He will serve alongside Bishop Lee Piché, who was himself consecrated an auxiliary bishop in 2009.
“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,” Fr. Cozzens added.
According to the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, Fr. Cozzens was born in 1968 in Denver, Colo., the youngest of three children, and studied at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kans. He came to Saint Paul through NET Ministries, where he served as a travelling missionary throughout the country.
He then entered seminary for the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, and studied at St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1997, and served as a parish priest before entering a program of doctoral studies in Rome.
Fr. Cozzens earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Angelicum, and has subsequently served as a formator, assistant professor, and worship director at St. Paul Seminary.
He is also a member of the mission advisory council of the Institute for Priestly Formation.
Fr. Cozzens is a founding member of the Companions of Christ, an association of diocesan priests committed to priestly fraternity and a common life, as well as the evangelical counsels.
Fr. Cozzens will be consecrated a bishop Dec. 9, on which day the feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated. “I have a great devotion to Our Lady, so I’m very grateful for her intercession and prayers, and the opportunity to be ordained on her feast day is really a great thing,” Fr. Cozzens told The Catholic Spirit.
He also explained that he is “a firm believer that Jesus wants to heal … I just hope my ministry as a bishop (Read More)