John M. LeVoir
John M. LeVoir
|Bishop of New Ulm|
|Province||Saint Paul and Minneapolis|
|Diocese||Diocese of New Ulm|
|Appointed||July 14, 2008|
|Installed||September 14, 2008|
|Predecessor||John Clayton Nienstedt|
|Ordination||May 30, 1981
by John R. Roach
|Consecration||September 14, 2008
by John Clayton Nienstedt
|Born||February 7, 1946|
|Parents||Marvin A. LeVoir and Mary A. (Borys) LeVoir|
|Alma mater||Saint Paul Seminary|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
John LeVoir was born to Marvin and Mary (b. 1915) LeVoir in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has two brothers, Frederick and Paul, and a sister, Mary Ellen. He studied at the University of St. Thomas, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1968, and at the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1971.
From 1971 to 1976, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for various firms and also taught accounting at his alma mater of the University of Minnesota, from where he also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1974. In his late twenties, LeVoir decided to pursue an ecclesiastical career. He then entered the archdiocesan seminary, earning a Master of Theology in 1981.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John Roach on May 30, 1981, and served as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo parish in St. Anthony until 1992. LeVoir was made pastor of Holy Trinity parish in South St. Paul in 1992, and later assumed the additional role of pastor of St. Augustine parish from 2000. He became pastor of both St. Michael Church and St. Mary Church in Stillwater in 2004. He co-authored Covenant of Love: John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in the Modern World and Faith for Today as well.
On July 14, 2008, LeVoir was appointed the fourth bishop of New Ulm by Pope Benedict XVI. His appointment to the New Ulm diocese ended a fifteen month-long vacancy created by the naming of Bishop John Nienstedt as Coadjutor Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in April 2007.
- Star Tribune. LeVoir named to head New Ulm diocese July 14, 2008
|Catholic Church titles|
John Clayton Nienstedt
|Bishop of New Ulm