I’ll post more about this later, but I saw this in the Vatican Press release this morning:
VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2007 (VIS) – The Holy Father:
– Appointed Fr. Peter F. Christensen of the clergy of the archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of the Nativity of Our Lord, as bishop of Superior (area 40,701, population 443,209, Catholics 81,885, priests 71, permanent deacons 57, religious 104), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Pasadena, U.S.A., in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1985. He succeeds Bishop Raphael Michael Fliss, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
Good choice, Papa Benedict! I’ve known Fr. Peter for quite a few years… both from my home parish, through his time as rector at St. John Vianney, and when he served as pastor at Nativity in St. Paul. He’s a very good and prayerful priest, and will be the same as a bishop. Prayers and best wishes as he accepts this call to service in the wider Church!