LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The United States Council of Catholic Bishops announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Robert Coerver as the Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock. The Pope also accepted the retirement of Most Rev. Plácido Rodriguez, CMF, on Tuesday.
Coerver will become the third bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock. The Bishop-elect is a Dallas native and has been serving as Pastor of St. Rita Parish in Dallas. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School and the University of Dallas. Coerver was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1980 for the Diocese of Dallas.
KTVT in Dallas released a statement from Coerver on his appointment.
"I was born and raised here in Dallas; my family roots are here and my ancestors were among Dallas' first Catholics. I have developed so many fantastic relationships over the years and it will be difficult to have them take on a different nature. I have cherished my work among my brother priests and upon hearing of my appointment a slight pang of sadness came upon me. But, as a priest, I have always known that I must follow wherever the Lord leads me, and so when asked if I would accept the appointment I did so immediately because I have promised to serve wherever the Church needs me. I happily look forward to this new role as chief shepherd of the Catholic faithful in Lubbock and pray that God will assist me in leading the Catholic people there. I ask the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Dallas as I prepare to assume my new responsibilities."
The Christ the King Cathedral at 4011 54th Street in Lubbock will hold a press conference at 10:00 AM to welcome the newly-appointed Bishop-Elect Monsignor Robert Coerver, STL MS.
Coerver will be ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock at a Mass of Ordination on November 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Christ the King Cathedral.