New Orleans Bishop named bishop of Biloxi

Published 12:42 am Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bishop Roger Morin of New Orleans has been named the third bishop of Biloxi, Miss.

The Vatican announced on Monday that Morin, who turns 68 on Saturday, will be installed in Biloxi on April 27.

Morin currently serves as vicar general, or second-in-command to Archbishop Alfred Hughes.

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A bishop since 2003, Morin served his entire 38-year career in New Orleans, much of that time supervising anti-poverty programs. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Morin came to New Orleans as a seminarian in the summer of 1967 to work with the city’s poor at the invitation of Archbishop Philip Hannan.

Morin will become the third bishop of Biloxi, a diocese created in 1977. Like New Orleans, it has been dedicated to rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.