Pope Francis Names a New Bishop for the Diocese of San Angelo

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by Lauren Lopez

Dec 12, 2013

Rev. Michael Sis named Bishop of San Angelo, TX
Rev. Michael Sis named Bishop of San Angelo, TX
In Brief: 
  • Rev. Michael Sis has been named the new Bishop of San Angelo

From the Diocese of San Angelo

Pope Francis has named Rev. Michael Sis, currently vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, to succeed Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer as Bishop of San Angelo.

At 10 a.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 802 Ford St., in San Angelo, Bishop Pfeifer will present Msgr. Sis as the new bishop.

His ordination and installation as new bishop for the Diocese of San Angelo is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m., Monday, January 27, in San Angelo.

Bishop-elect Sis was born January 9, 1960, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. He was ordained for the Austin diocese on July 19, 1986.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Gregorian University, and a licentiate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

Assignments after ordination included 1986-1988, associate pastor, Christo Rey Church, Austin; 1989, associate pastor in campus ministry, St. Mary’s Student Center, College Station, Texas; 1990-1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin; 1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 1993-2006, pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 2006-2009, vocation director, Austin Diocese; 2009-2010, pastor, St. Thomas More Church, Austin; and 2010-present, vicar general and moderator of the curia, Austin diocese.

The San Angelo diocese includes 37,433 square miles across 29 counties in Texas. It has a population of 859,701 people, with 77,230, or nine percent of them, Catholic.

Bishop Pfeifer has served as bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo for 27 years and submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday in May 2012.

Updated: 10:05 a.m. with additional information:

Pope Francis has named Rev. Michael Sis, currently vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, to succeed Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer as Bishop of San Angelo.

At 10 a.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 802 Ford St., in San Angelo, Bishop Pfeifer will present Msgr. Sis as the new bishop.

His ordination and installation as new bishop for the Diocese of San Angelo is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m., Monday, January 27, in San Angelo.

Bishop-elect Sis was born January 9, 1960, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. He was ordained for the Austin diocese on July 19, 1986.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Gregorian University, and a licentiate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

Assignments after ordination included 1986-1988, associate pastor, Christo Rey Church, Austin; 1989, associate pastor in campus ministry, St. Mary’s Student Center, College Station, Texas; 1990-1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin; 1992, associate pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 1993-2006, pastor, St. Mary’s Student Center; 2006-2009, vocation director, Austin Diocese; 2009-2010, pastor, St. Thomas More Church, Austin; and 2010-present, vicar general and moderator of the curia, Austin diocese.

The San Angelo diocese includes 37,433 square miles across 29 counties in Texas. It has a population of 859,701 people, with 77,230, or nine percent of them, Catholic.

Bishop Pfeifer has served as bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo for 27 years and submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday in May 2012.