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Pope Names Texas Priest as Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado

 
January 15, 2014
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Stephen Berg, 62, a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, and diocesan administrator of that diocese, as bishop of Pueblo, Colorado. He succeeds Bishop Fernando Isern, who resigned last June for health reasons.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, January 15, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect Berg was born March 3, 1951, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth, May 15, 1999, by his uncle, Bishop Joseph Charron. He holds a bachelor of music degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master of music degree from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico. He pursued seminary studies at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and earned a master of divinity degree from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.

Assignments after ordination included 1999-2001, parochial vicar, St. Michael’s Parish, Bedford, Texas; 2001-2002, parochial vicar, St. John the Apostle Parish, North Richland Hills, Texas; 2002-2008, pastor of four rural parishes in Texas: St. Mary, Henrietta; St. Jerome, Bowie; St. William, Montague; and St. Joseph, Nocona.

From 2008-2012, he was vicar general of the diocese and pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fort Worth. In 2012, he was also name moderator of the curia and named parochial administrator of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Fort Worth. In December 2012, he was elected diocesan administrator by the diocesan board of consultors.
 
The Pueblo diocese includes 48,155 square miles in the southern and western part of Colorado, and has a population of 667,586 people, with 63,714, or ten percent of them, Catholic.
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