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Bishop Robert Barron to lead Minnesota Diocese

Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Robert Barron
Courtesy of Word on Fire Ministries

As of 5:00am today, Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Barron, the founder of Word Fire Ministries as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota. From the USCCB:

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John M. Quinn, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, and has appointed Bishop Robert E. Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, as his successor.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 2022, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester is comprised of 12,282 square miles in the State of Minnesota and has a total population of 597,801 of which 134,027 are Catholic.

Announcement from Word on Fire ministries can be found by clicking here. according to his bio on the Word on Fire Ministries website, "Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and (was) Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS. Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron’s website,, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media."...

Many of us have seen his videos or read his various pieces of literature over the years. Normally, the IWKnights don't post bishop appointments very often, but this one is VERY noteworthy as he is so well known to the IWKnights and Catholics across St. Louis and the nation.

Congrats, Bishop Barron from the IWKnights!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Bryan V. Hewing, DGK
Deputy Grand Knight / New Media Coordinator, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981

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